Originally Posted by sailingdog
Preventers aren't generally rigged on racing boats, because they tend to interfere with tacking and gybing.
It was a crash gybing death during a race that convinced me to make up preventers (at least forward to the toe rail, not the more effective boom-end to bow and back arrangement) in the first place.
I mentioned it in the context of someone buying a superannuated racer to be used as a learning platform or even as a basic cruiser, and therefore not necessarily averse to safety elements that are seen as impediments while racing.
But maybe shouldn't be.