Spinnaker rigging for cruising
It's too cold for skiing today, so I'm dreaming sailing! I'm especially interested in opinions on rigging for spinnaker usage for cruising the Flying Scot with 2 persons. I have the standard, factory rigging which seems simple, and straight forward which I like, but I wonder how the "crew" (my wife) pulls in the spinnaker while also lowering the halyard when dousing the spinnaker with this rigging! We didn't use the spinnaker last year which was our first year in our Flying Scot, but we're (at least I'm) looking forward to flying the spinnaker this summer. My wife had a bad experience with the spinnaker on our Lightning so is a little anxious, and I want the rigging to be as safe and easy as possible.
Are the pole downhaul, separate guy hooks and cleating system near the chain plate, and aft led spinnaker halyard (like I see on many of the Flying Scots used for racing) of value for the cruising sailor? Do they make raising, flying, or dousing the spinnaker safer or significantly easier? My old Lightning (last sailed over 20 years ago) was basically rigged this way so I'm familiar with this rigging's usage, but then we always had 3 people when flying the spinnaker on the Lightning.