Let's talk about handling a jib that is set at the end of a bowsprit. In reviewing dozens of old plans from Atkin, Crocker, Alden, and others, it is commonplace to draw a bare naked bowsprit (no plank deck/pulpit) with a jib set from the end. Roller furling would be the modern solution, but is never shown on these sailplans. I know for some of the older Atkin plans a ring traveler was intended.
Take Ingrid for example. A ring traveler seems a bit outdated for the rig, but a furler is also not right (at the time). I know they had furlers during this time, but I haven't seen one from this period installed on a boat this big. Especially not a boat intended for blue water. What did the designers intend? Were they all set flying? Surely nobody was expected to go out on that spar as the weather was building to tie down or remove a hanked on jib. The situation seems so common in boats designed up to the mid fifties that there must have been a widely accepted solution.