Originally Posted by casey1999
On your inner forestay, what counter-balances on the aft end? Do you have running back stays?
Casey, We don't have a running backstay, we just have baby stays (a.k.a. intermediates) back & forward to handle the staysail loads in all directions. We have a split backstay, so turning that into a running backstay would be finicky. Our mast is so stout that we wouldn't be able to put in any mast bend in any case, it would just crumple. And in the final analysis, a 20,000+ lb boat that's only 33 feet long, that's built for the charter trade in the trade winds, isn't a racer anyway.
We're never the fastest boat, but who cares? Wherever we are, we're already home.