Re: Singlehanded Running Backs
Depends on how you sail. Jibing with a symmetrical spinnaker singlehanded is the most difficult maneuver I perform, particularly in heavier air. Running backstays would make it even more "eventful". Personally, I would not choose a solo cruising boat with running backstays.
If you only sail with main and jib, you probably be fine, although there will be that much more hustling involved.
Some other sailnet participants are forceful proponents of fractional rigs; I believe masthead rigs are just fine for solos. Just be prepared to spend some time cranking in those large overlapping genoas (I use the hand over hand, leaning back to use my back muscles, luffing technique).
If I lived in your area, I would look for one of the fast West Coast masthead ULDBs like an Olson 30.
Last edited by jameswilson29; 03-16-2013 at 08:10 AM.