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How does that stress the rig any more than going under main and jib?
My drascomb has two side stays and no back stay. When reefing the main and jib isn't enough, it's recommended to drop the main and go under jib and mizzen alone. The difference I suspect is that I can use the mizzen to balance. So maybe it's stress on the rudder is what people question. But if you're not hard over to keep her going straight, I don't see any difference from being under main alone.
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