"Trying to find a line, bend it on and then .."
We have dedicated messenger lines for both main and mizzen halyards in the port side aft cockpit locker ready to go. A size smaller than the actual halyards means the bowline you tie through the loop on the halyard end goes through the mast slot with no real problem.
The Amel system certainly serves to reduce the amount of line there is swinging around the masts when sailing.
Elyse SM437 - stuck in New Zealand, and me stuck in Australia!