Fractional vs. Masthead Rig
I really like my J 30 frac rig.
Usually with only the wife on the boat, I can very easily slow the boat down, with a simple pull on the backstay. When the wind changes ( and it changes a lot on our inland lake ) I can step on the gas wihout lifting my butt from the seat.
I do not have roller furling, and usually too lasy to change headsails, therefore getting caught with too much sail a lot. The simple pull on the backstay makes life much easier.