I've never heard of runners that didn't run. So this is a first for me.
I guess I'd ask whether the old arrangement worked okay or not? One of the nice things about runners is they are usually adjustable. It sounds like this aspect was not a priority for you.
Even if you don't care about adjusting backstay tension, wouldn't it be a lot more convenient to be able to ease the lazy runner while taking up on the new working runner, from the cockpit (presumably)?
With the pelican hooks, it seems like you'd have to completely ease one runner before taking any tension on the new on. You must have some very aft-swept shrouds to go without backstay tension for that long? Or is there a fixed backstay as well?
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62
NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT