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Twin headsails were used commonly 25 or more years ago, but have fallen out of favour as you need two poles, two halyards, two guys, two lifts...yadda, yadda. Most production boats aren't equipped to handle that and most production boats today have Code Zeros, giant furling genoas, cruising spinnakers or other options.
But I well remember the utility of the "twinset" from Hiscock (correct, John), Smeaton, Roth and other authors (Don Street, I think) who found the self-correcting aspects and the "stayed spinnaker" effect useful and, once laboriously set up, easy to handle and forgiving in a multi-day, tradewind situation. Twin head sails have the virtues of nearly the sail area of a spinnaker but the forgiveness of a poled-out genoa. Dousing them is easy...round up, hoist poles, sheet in and free halyards.
The Solent rig is a refinement of this idea, but doesn't always need the poles.
I have some ideas in this area I will attempt with my cutter rig, which has the staysail fairly large and forward, a "semi-Solent". I doubt I would try it with a furler, however.
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