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Good reasoning from Brion. Thanks for the link.
In answer to the poster's question, double backstays do seem like overkill. Added windage, added weight, and the forces involved aren't so big that dividing them between two stays would be necessary. Splitting the backstay is convenient if you access the boat via the transom. As suggested earlier, it also makes it easy to adjust backstay tension; it's the setup we have on our J/36. Having that much torquing power on a Pearson 26 might also be overkill however. It the mast is built like a telephone pole, cranking the backstay might simply work to push the it through the botttom of the boat while turning the hull into a banana. For the convenience of transom access, just make sure the opening is wide enough (and tall enough) to step through. If the transom isn't too wide, splitting the backstay might be more trouble than simply going past it on one side or the other. It sounds like the original setup (split) is the way to go. KISS.
Last edited by paulk; 03-07-2010 at 09:52 AM.