Now that I've launched Rowan I can tell you how these two boats compare to each other--actually they are relatively similar in performance under sail in light airs. The flexibility of the skin boat starts to become a liability for harnessing the full power of the gusts as the wind starts to kick up over 10 knots. Angyapik is happily under control, but her flexibility makes her spill wind and absorb some of the energy that could otherwise get her to surge forward.
Rowan really starts to strut her stuff in winds of 10-15 kts, when she will joyously charge along under full sail at hullspeed. Over 15 kts I put in the first reef. Angyapik wanted reefing a little earlier, as you could see the whole boat twisting under the strain of the mast--again, not a structural problem necessarily as skin boats are designed to flex, but certainly not as fast as a boat you can hold upright by hiking out.
The bouyancy compartments in Rowan are a huge bonus--not only do I feel safer from a potential swamping, but also I can stash all the little clutter items like sunscreen bottles, sunglasses case, windbreaker, lunch bag, cell phone. . .in a hatch where they won't be underfoot, get splashed, or fall overboard. The centerboard is more convenient than the daggerboard as it stows in its own case--I had to find a place to stow the daggerboard when it wasn't deployed and also carry a DB case plug to keep water from splashing up and getting me bum wet when rowing. The CNC cut foils of my new centerboard and rudder are also clearly a superior shape than my old hand-cut ones in Angyapik. I am very pleased with Rowan's windward ability. It is noticeably better at pointing than Angyapik or Dragonfly (the old Ness Yawl) is. I am going to make a new set of CNC cut foils for Dragonfly as an X-mas present for my brother--but not before I've whomped him a few times first racing him this summer.
For the moment, I am keeping Angyapik around as a secondary sailboat in case I have more friends show up who want to go cruising in open boats than I have room for on Rowan. She was so inexpensive to build (maybe $1500 including sails 6 years ago?) that I can't afford not to keep her--unless someone offers cash maybe. . .
I like Rowan better. . .but I still like Angyapik plenty.
Good decisions are gained with experience, which is gained through bad decisions. . . . . .