Nah, not at all. In fact, I'm surprised you risk sailing without a back-up headstay. You might also consider adding some running backstays, check stays, and jumper stays, just in case. Even if you don't have a sprit, go ahead and make up some whisker stays, and a bobstay, because you never know. And since you're hiring a rigger anyway, I would strongly advise that you add keel shrouds (from the chainplates down to the keel tip) to help support it when heeling, as well as a "rudder stay" from the end of the keel to the skeg. If you don't have a skeg (heaven help you), you could add a pivoting toggle at the base of your spade rudder. If this is a full keel boat, then you'll need a boomkin off the stern and the rudder stay can be led down from there (this is technically known as a boomkinrudderbackstay, or colloquially "bumpkinruster", but it's not a term you often hear nowadays). Don't forget lots of baggywrinkle all around for good, safe measure. Upsize everything because, well just because.
Last edited by JohnRPollard; 09-25-2007 at 01:56 PM.