Here's a line drawing for our single-line reefing, which may be clearer than my photos.
As I mentioned, I've replaced the bowline with a plastic thimble.
Our main can be loose-footed, or not - it makes no difference for the reefing.
I washed all the lines, except halyards, in one load in a big machine at the laundromat, using mild detergent, no bleach.
The lines were nowhere nearly as tangled as I thought they might be.
Dried by looping over a stepladder in the driveway.
Came out great.
On our boat with single-line reefing
1. the line exits the aft end of the boom
2. goes up through the reef cringle
3. back down and under the boom
4. then up to the line itself, tied off with a bowline in these pictures.
Since then, I’ve ended it with a plastic thimble in...
I use a mesh shopping bag for the main halyard but keep the main sheet gobbed on the cockpit sole and kick it aft to get it out from underfoot when close-hauled.
I've never had it tangle when going from close-hauled to off-wind.
I had an Oday Day Sailer II, which might be the successor to your model. She had a factory-installed DePersia self-bailer.
With the boat in the water, the bailer only worked if the boat was moving through the water; it would not allow water to drain out if the boat was docked or moored...
We had a 2001 h260 and my Wife wishes we still had her.
Can't make any comparisons to the Mac, but the comments others have made about cabin and cockpit space are accurate.
As for sailing, she was tender, no question about it. A really great performer in light air. The comments...
Over and above what Bill said about which lines to reach for first, our Hall QuikVang does not present the problem of limited upward travel of the boom.
Perhaps I'm reading your question improperly (It wouldn't be the first time!)?