I guess elegance is in the eye of the beholder. When us engineers get it right though with the balance of function and form, the general public tend to appreciate it, especially sailors.
The freestanding rig is going on the back burner for now unless I or someone else has some sort of brainwave. I suspect a standard rig with synthetic stays and trap wire would be almost as practical - shame to lose the ability to weathervane the rig though, confidence building for youngsters to be able to completely de-power the boat.
Last edited by DanTnz; 02/18/11 03:48 AM.