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Thanks to all of you for your explanations. That all begins to make sense, but raises a few more questions as well (learning more is likely a good thing, I think...). Assuming the mast is not lightweight for racing, then given the answers above, a masthead boat with a properly tensioned permanent wire backstay shouldn't need running back stays--correct? And similarly, a fractional rig boat with a solid mast, and a permanent wire backstay would likely only need running back stays if it were in very strong winds or overpowered with sails, to counteract the pull of the headstay from it's lower position on the mast--ie. the permanent backstay would pull on the masthead, but running backstays may be needed a bit lower to offset the lower forestay attachment of the fractional rig--correct? And finally, with a solid mast, permanent wire backstay, and sailing in reasonable conditions with reasonable sail plan, running backstays would be unnecessary? Would the extra weight of a roller furler significantly increase the need for running backstays on the Ericson 30+, if the forestay is tensioned properly?
Thanks again for clarifying this.