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Whether it's an acceptable loss of pointing ability depends on placement of shrouds.
As to the chafing, unless you are on a point of sail for a few days it is not a material consideration.
True, but those few days don't have to be in a row. Seems to me like chafe is always something to avoid.
edit: haha it's absolutely a material
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
s/v Essorant - 1972 Catalina 27