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the rod is designed to allow the backstay to clear a mainsail that has a very large roach... otherwise the mainsail would catch on the backstay at every tack and gybe. This is fairly typical of a racing mainsail design, where the full batten large roach main is used to get more sail area for a given mast height and boom length.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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