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Clarification to the post implying I need new spreaders/chainplates: my Telstar 28 trimaran already has 20 degree swept back spreaders and very robust chainplates that also support a permanent A-frame that supports the mast during raising and lowering. The A-frame also supports the raised mast similar to B&G rig struts used by Hunter sailboats.
In about a month or so I will report on how not using the backstay at all works out in practice for Telstar 28, and if I feel I need to add a temporary lightweight backstay for some conditions (with or without a whip). In typical light to moderate airs that we sail in I have no concerns, but I can envision some conditions where this might become an obvious need (although I hope not).