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My understanding is that a Solent stay doesn't need runners due to the proximity of its attachment point to the forestay attachment (in the case of an I-28, to the masthead) as long as it's within about 5% of the I dimension. However, I suppose this could vary, particularly with different mast sections, and your desire to use the staysail as a heavy-weather sail may make using runners prudent.
OK, full disclosure...I've been thinking of adding a Solent stay to my Cal 2-27, so I would be interested to hear how this works out for you. In my case, I was thinking of using the Solent for a working staysail jib (95-100%) and keeping the 145% I have on the existing roller furler.
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