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Re: Dismasted/1964 Challenger

Several quick points:

If you are going to a slightly fractional with your rig, you will want to go with slightly aft swept spreaders and slightly aft set uppers and lowers. If you sweep the spreader aft you can eliminate the forward lowers and the lowers do not need to be set aft as far as they will need to be if there are forward lowers.

I do want to correct the misstatement above. actually the mainsail can be eased further with swept aft spreaders because the lowers are further forward than they would be with be without fore and aft lowers.

But beyond that, in order to take advantage of the virtues of a fractional rig, simpler rigging and the ability to quickly depower the rig, you either need swept back spreaders, or running backstays.


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