One thing you've seemed to overlook is that the bow pulpit also goes a long way to helping keep a headsail on the boat, when you're putting one on or taking one off...which you have to do, even if you have roller furling headsails, at least once in a while.
Even if you don't care about the lifelines, or the safety factor... when you're working on hoisting a headsail or changing headsails, not having a pulpit makes the task much more dangerous for the person at the bow.
Also, not having a bow pulpit, makes it very likely that you won't be able to sell the boat at a later date.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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