Ours used widely spaced bronze piston hanks.
But then, ours was designed as a "riding sail" that could also be used in heavy whether along with a sea-anchor. So I'm glad it used heavier bronze hanks instead of plastic.
We only used it at anchor, but I never noticed any sign of wear, either on the backstay or the hanks.
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62
NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT