Annie Hill really does a good job in her book. We built the same boat, with a few of my own changes.
I would never cruise
long term on any other rig. We are spoiled by its ease. The other fellow that replied has it right I would say. I messed around a bit with adding a jury rigged bowsprit
and borrowed friends head sails
to see how it would help to windward. It for sure did, but not so much for what we do to make me want to rig one up full time. Extra gear
, extra work up forward, extra cost, no need. But it did help.
Chafe, well, I figure all rigs chafe. The nice thing about this rig is that even if you lose one or several parrells, or batten ties, even a sheet part, nothing dramatic happens. All have happened to me. If the weather permits I fix it then, if not, adjust and keep going, no worries.
Usually I simple do regular visual inspections as we sail, rarely does any thing let go all of a sudden. I just make it part of maintenance
to replace the bits as needed.
My wife can do everything on the boat without the help of any winches. We have two small single
speen winches to help top up the sail when running and do not what to alter course to deal with it, but that is all.
Well, have to go. Check out my site, pictures and attempts at writing there.
Log of s/v Willow