A bit of background. A lot of regular boat items just are not available, so the effort has been to replace as many as possible with rope or other materials.
Here is an example. By the mast you can see a downhaul loop that makes use of spectra rope of inconsequential cost to replace a stainless steel fitting that costs dollars and is unobtainable in many parts of the world.
There are many other cost saving and performance enhancing ideas.
Like making sure the downhaul is really really tight. Something that has been confirmed by racing. Also the outhaul should be relatively loose to give a 1 in 10 depth in the bottom of the mainsail. These are almost all well known racing tips, but sailors cruising have found their boats will now get to places where they couldn’t before