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Can a good rig make a bad hull go to weather?

Recently my faithful tender "Joey" passed away after 25 years of service. A winter storm caused our boat to list enough that he rubbed against a piling while on our davits in a spot that could not be repaired. May he rest in peace.

Our new tender is a used/abused 10foot livingston with a "sail kit". Apparently livingston did sail kits for a short while. There isn't much useful or left of the sail kit, but I was planning on rigging it for sail in any case.

My question is really, what rig should I put on the livingston? The hull shape is not ideal for going to weather (though should have a lot of initial stability). Should I try and compensate for the poor weatherly performance of the tender with a marconi sloop rig and a headsail?

Alternately, if she's not going to go to weather regardless, I may consider a sunfish sail (lateen rig) or even a junk rig for their ease of use.

Thoughts on rigging my livingson for sail?

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