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Old 09-24-2007
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Practical Sailor looked at this about 15 years ago. They were trying to understand why there had been an inordinate number of mast failures connected with boats sailing under jib/genoa alone. I don't believe there was any distinction made as to fractional/masthead rigged. As I recall, the only pattern they found was that the vast majority of boats that experienced mast failure while flying headsail alone had one common aspect to their rig geometry: Single, rather than double, lower shrouds.
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