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Re: Would You Sail This Rig Across an Ocean?

I am no rigging expert, but I will give my two cents any way since this is the internet.

1.) deck stepped mast

Nothing wrong with this as long as it is properly engineered.

2.) double spreaders (not swept back)

No problem. Do not need swept back spreaders if you have a properly-sized backstay.

3.) all shrouds (uppers and lowers) connect to a large single chainplate each side in line with the spreaders.

This would make me nervous. One chainplate failure is catastrophic. I would for sure replace the chain plate every 10 years on a rig like this so i could sleep at night.

4.) there are NO fore and aft lower shrouds

You mean just one lower on each side of the mast?

5.) it is a cutter rig with removable staysail stay

This is a good thing, although if the staysail stay does not go to the top of the mast, you should have running backstays if you will use this stay in high winds.

6.) standard heavy single forestay and single backstay

Sounds good.
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