There is always room for debate about the pros and cons of the sailing performance on these various rigs.
But I think one of the biggest reasons why you see these rigs persist today, particularly on "small craft", is that lugs and gaffs and spritsails and gunters all permit the use of shorter spars. In other words, the rig can break down into easily manageable (and trailerable) components that usually all fit within the boat's length for easier storage.
If you've ever done much trailering or cartopping, you'll certainly understand how important this is. Most folks are willing to make a few compromises to achieve easy trailerability and facilitate storage.
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62
NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT