One thing you have to keep in mind is that no one is designing or building what I’d call a VolksCruiser. Take that Pop 25 from the last post as a good example. It starts out with a hull and accommodation that just screams VolksCruiser yet when it comes to the rig it starts getting expensive.
Now, anyone who’s been able to build a hull is more than capable of building a mast and rig to go with it, and armed with Derek Van Loan’s “The Chinese Sailing Rig: Design and Build Your Own Junk Rig” could easily cobble together a more affordable rig or any rig for that matter. Hell, if you don’t like the junk rig just scavenge the rig from a CAL 25 or reasonable facsimile.
Rigs are not rocket science and you’d think that designers designing boats of a frugal nature would not spec out systems that are not inexpensive.
Sure, there are some exceptions like Wharram, Bolger, Brown, or Roberts who design boats that make fiscal sense from A to Z but they are a rare breed.
But yeah a junk rig Pop 25 would make a whole lot of sense…