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Re: North American 40 by Morgan
Sounds like these boats have been raced (that's what they were supposed to do) and have had their backstays torqued up. This tends to drive the mast down through the step and bend the boat into a bananna shape. Doing this over long periods (these boats are 30-some years old now) tends to weaken things, so they bend more than they used to. This is not good because the flexing may lead to the deck trying to peel away from the hull, cracks, leaks, and other problems. Stringers added to the inside of the hull would help keep it from bending so much. They could be added to the outside of the hull too, which might be easier, but that would not likely be very pretty or very fast.