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Good luck with that... you really need to consult with a marine architect about doing something so drastic.

The mast is generally a bit too far aft on most sloops and cutters, as compared to a ketch, and the loads an unstayed mast has to resist are generally far higher than those imposed on a stayed mast... since the stays take up much of the loads. Also, the mizzen mast doesn't have the proper support structures in place on most sloops or cutters, and would require some serious re-engineering of the boat.
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