There are a lot of fans of the junk rig who, being fans and all are true believers when it comes to their preference of rigs. The junk rig is superior to all other rigs or in common parlance the junk rig is "the shit".
But, as it happens, in the particular situation where someone is considering a rig for frugal cruising on a small (let's say thirty-feet or under) sailboat the junk does have a lot to recommend it.
- It's an inexpensive rig if done right.
- You don't need a lot of interior space devoted to sails,
- It's a docile rig
- The rig is very DIYable.
- It's very easy to reef.
For folks of the VolksCruiser persuasion sailing small boats the main points are that it's inexpensive, can be built/maintained easily, and you don't lose precious interior volume for a full set of sails.
So yeah, it is an excellent rig for a VolksCruiser.
The question is whether or not it is excellent enough to replace a preexisting rig is something of a conundrum but, more about that in the next post.