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Is that a Dashew? You'll be able to buy 2 or 3.
Seriously, there HAVE to be performance/stability issues at play here that outweigh other factors (like chafe, etc.). I honestly understand what you're saying. Our main rides on our spreaders and shrouds even on a broad reach - much less running. But I understand the B&R rig to be about stability and strength...which I think is great as well.
So, the details of this kind of stuff is above my head...but it's obviously taking hold in very, very "bluewater" boats.
I guess this is straying somewhat but the swept back spreaders are there to obviate the need for runners where you have an inner forestay. Maybe not always but generally speaking I thought that was the case. Oh yes, also on boats like the later Hunters that don't have a backstay.
We have moderately swept back spreaders and even then they are something of a pain when running though our preventer seems to keep us out of trouble.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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