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Regarding the reefing and boom height question.
As I think you know, the idea behind reefing a main sail is to 1) reduce total sail area and 2) reduce sail area primarily at the top of the mast so raising the boom to reef kind of negates this purpose by raising the sail higher into the stronger winds aloft. A few inches in boom height may not matter that much but I would shoot for reefing at the height you normally have the boom at. The higher up the mast the sail is the more leverage it has to push the boat over in a stiff breeze.
For the split back stay you have wouldn't some small hardware with either fiddle blocks or double blocks work? Think of the pulleys involved with a main sheet or boom vang.
It sounds to me as though you have a pretty good handle on much of the standard rigging.
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