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Disconnecting running backstays, without understanding what their function is could possibly result in damage to the mast and rigging. Most boats that have running backstays, usually have them for a reason. Getting a boat and choosing not to use parts of it properly is a really difficult decision to make if you don't know what you are doing. A novice sailor would probably have trouble determining which parts of the running and standing rigging were safe to ignore, and which were critical to keeping the mast up and the boat moving safely.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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