Here’s an interesting rig on Reuel Parker’s Terrapin 30.
What really appeals to me is not so much what it has but what it doesn’t have.
For starters, it’s a three stay rig made possible by a low center of effort. A low powerful rig requires less ballast which is no bad thing as it reduces heel.
A rig like this requires very little in the way of expensive hardware. The fact that a simple rig is also going to be a lot cheaper to build and maintain is just icing on the cake.
The wood tabernacled mast is owner buildable and serviceable plus, in the days of $500 mast stepping, the tabernacle will easily pay for itself from the get-go.
If I found myself with a CAL 29 or reasonable facsimile without a rig or a rig needing serious investment/repair I’d seriously consider doing a similar rig. Sure, you’ll scandalize some folks in the process but the rig will work just fine and there’s not much prettier than a gaff rig sailing into the sunset.