Community Contribution - Center/forward cockpit
Have you considered a center/ forward cockpit?
Putting the skipper right there near the mast, reducing the complexity of sail handling, increasing safety as the crew can handle the lines without having to leave the center of the boat. A lot of added benefits to visibility, safety, reduced complexity of line handing, closers to the anchor, and safer in bad weather.
Community Contribution - Mast furling
I am not an expert but I think below might be pros and cons....