Originally Posted by FSMike
A marconi rigged catboat would be simpler, less strings to pull and only one sail. A gaffer would have a few additional strings.
Neither boat would go to windward as well as a marconi rigged sloop.
True. However, a gaff-rigged (or a gunter-, or a lug-, or a lanteen-rigged) boat would have the advantage that the spars would all be shorter than the hull of the boat. That can make trailering quite a bit easier. A shorter mast is also easier to raise and take back down. Yes, one gives up a bit of performance by using one of these rigs with shorter masts. But, if speed is the only criteria, then a little ski-boat would be a better option anyway.
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