A few years ago, I was helping a friend find a good boat for beer can racing on Lake Erie. His criteria were simple—a relatively big cockpit, easy to sail but challenging to set up well, and priced so that he could keep the cooler full all summer. There were a bunch of candidates. One of the discards caught my attention, as it would fill a void in my personal sailing. I wanted a boat to sail with family and friends, one that fit the PHRF fleet in my area but was tweaky above the rails. I ended up with a late 1990s one-off three-quarter tonner designed by Nelson/Marek. With a complex rig—runners, checkstays, multiple spreaders and even jumper shrouds, permanent backstay—it’s quite the opposite of today’s non-runner, non-overlapping headsail rigs. But I was in sail-tweaker heaven.