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Tayana Vancouver 42 "cow-catcher"

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I am hoping someone here can help me with a question I have regarding a boat I am looking at. The boat is a Tayana Vancouver 42. This particular boat does not have the unique "cow-catcher" diamond stay at the upper spreaders. As far as I am aware this is an important part of this particular rig design and is present on all Vancouver 42s. The broker talked to the current owner who replied that this boat has never had it in the 20 years they owned it. The previous owner also stated that it wasn't added when they had the boat professionally re-rigged.

I have researched online but haven't found much. I have also emailed the Tayana Owners group but haven't received a reply, it's a private Google group and I'm not sure if it is still active.

Attached is the only pic I have of the mast, it is from aft of the mast so not ideal for my question. I am traveling to see the boat soon and wanted to get some opinions on this before I went.

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Thank you for your time, please only comment if you have direct knowledge of this type of rig design and the ramifications of it being absent.
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Re: Tayana Vancouver 42 "cow-catcher"

that rig looks like it has intermediate aft stays attached to the base of the upper spreaders and fastened to a chainplate aft of the mast base. those stays don't go through the lower spreader like it would if it had the diamonds. This might be why it is not rigged with the diamond spreaders that support the inner forestay. those aft stays could also be running backstays that have been stored forward when not being used.
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Re: Tayana Vancouver 42 "cow-catcher"

What Overbored said. A boat with a staysail stay can be rigged without triangulating the stay with either an intermediate shroud, running backstays or diamond stays. The staysail stay will try and pull the mast out of column but with a stout enough extrusion, the rig won't fail. Westsail 32s were built this way and have sailed a lot of miles. We added rig backstays for our boat but used them mostly for windward and close reaching conditions.
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Re: Tayana Vancouver 42 "cow-catcher"

Is it likely that at some point a previous owner changed from the diamond stay to these intermediate stays, or did this setup come new with the boat? From the research I've done I assumed that all V42s came new with the diamond stays but I am no expert.
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