In my country a number of wooden vessels have been restored and rigged to anything from perfectly authentic, (.. like the engineless rescue boat Stavanger from 1900; see link to Youtube clip) to weird fantasy things.
The owners often keep a high (salty) profile in harbour, but my experience is that most of these "restored" boats seem to move 5 miles under engine for each mile they are sailed with the engine shut off. I hope that Larinda is a real sailer and not just a harbour queen or motor ship in disguise.
My point is not that I dislike boats that look "rustic", spectacular or eccentric, but rather that a plain well-performing junk rig fitted to a well-known production boat does a lot more to make other sailors consider the rig for their own boats. Annie’s Fantail shows that performance and great looks can be combined.
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