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Depending on the wind strength, you may or may not gain sufficient speed to make up the extra distance when you reach and gybe rather than run DDW. But unless you're racing, what's the rush?
DDW with severe spreader sweep is always going to be a mainsail chafe issue. We also have swept spreaders, but we will generally fly the kite to help move the apparent wind forward, and find it, like many others, much more comfortable to NOT be so close to an accidental gybe.
Personally, running wing and wing is my least favourite point of sail.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)