I noticed that no one mentioned the complicated square sails. That required a larger crew who are hail and hardy and willing to climb in the worst of weather.
Me?? I shall keep my feet on deck and use the fore & aft sails. Either a Cutter, ketch or schooner. Where there minimal mast climbing (especially in bad weather).
Hey don't get me wrong. I love the square riggers. Brig, bark or full rigged. Just that you really can't sail them safely when short handed.