What type of rig?
The type of rig is purely your own likes and dislikes. There is no one rig that works and no one rig that doesn't. The one that stuck out as not as favorable was the ketch. When short handing, it takes too long to shorten sail if a squall hits for one or two people. Except for one (Wind Dance) they were usually slower. They usually fall into the heavy displacement class, of which there were very few cruising.
Personally I have found that the most versatile rig is the cutter. When a squall hits, as it always does, you can very easily furl the jib, put another reef in the main and hoist the staysail in just two to three minutes with the least amount of time and energy expended on the foredeck.
For a boat like Mouse Pad, a sloop. In Raiatea we installed a 4' piece of track on the foredeck with the appropriate support underneath. We did not install an inner stay as the sails we intended to use have wire luffs built in. We use one of the spinnaker halyards to hoist the sails. Not as efficient as a complete fractional refit, but less costly and no running backstays to hassle with. We didn't really get to use this configuration as none of the sails really fit and the wire luff did nothing to keep the sail in shape. There in the off season we will be doing a complete refit on the sail plan for next year.
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