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Some masts do not need runing backstays for stifness, just for mast shape.
The GibSea 421 that belongs to a friend had them, and he removed them..with that boat he sailed from poortugal to Cuba and back...without them.
So...on some boats it has not structural effect whatsoever, serves just as "mast bending device".
Should ask whoever made the mast if it is acceptable to move.