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reacher (drifter) mac 26m

I am a new owner of a 2008 M which I have been sailing for several weeks now and am quite pleased. Not as tender as I was led to beleive.I purchased the boat with a roller furling jib rather than a jenny as I have a beutifull nylon reacher from a previosly owned boat. My question is, would it be safe to install another bail on the mast about 2 ft. from the top of the mast & run another fore stay to the pin on the bow pulpit where the mast attaches when in transit? What I mean by safe, would the mast and rigging be strong enough being that high? I would only be useing the reacher in very light air. I have to go up that far on the mast as the luff of the sail is 29 ft. The foot is 18ft. I think it will fit quite well. I was also thinking of the fore stay going to the top where there is a nice bolt sticking out of the mast & then also installing stern stays but really don't know what to do. Please don't suggest a spinaker rather than my reacher as I have had it with them.
Any advice would be great.
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