Wisdom vs. Widow Maker

I would not refer to it as "age" but wisdom.  If Drake could have had a well developed roller furling system, the Golden Hind would have been so equipped.
In the days of the fishing schooners, the bowsprit was referred to as "a widow maker."  When Roberts starting to design fishing schooners without bowsprits, the rest of the fleet laughed.  The laughter did not last long ,when the fleet discovered, men were not lost with the inboard rig - more inboard rigged schooners were ordered - wisdom.
P.S. we may not make the Great Chesapeake BCC Rendezvous this year.