If the boat has standard spreaders, versus swept back spreaders, and the shrouds connect at the same point on the mast as the forestay, the mast is supported at that point in THREE directions
, but not the fourth. It can pump—which can lead to the mast fatiguing and failing. I didn't say that it was always the case, which is why I said IT MAY NOT BE SUPPORTED
. It really depends on the individual boat in question.
As Tartan34C has pointed out... the use of running backstays, jumper stays or swept spreaders can offset this risk...but without one of the above, it is certainly a possible risk.
Originally Posted by Hartley18
SD, you're kidding, right? On every fractional rig I've even seen (including our own) the side-stays connect at the same point as the forestay.
Granted, the angle might not be as great as from the top of the mast to the back of the boat (a backstay) which is an optional extra on our rig, but I cannot see how you can say it "may not be supported".
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