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Forgive my ignorance, but is mast rake (mast raked back just a bit) accomplishing basically the same thing?
Mast rake will primarily affect your rig balance and the amount of weather helm you may or may not have since it moves your CE fore and aft. Mast bend generally is set to match the luff curve of your mainsail so that the draft position is optimal for the cut of the sail. More bend pulls material forward and 'flattens' the sail somewhat. A sail meant for significant prebend will have a very full shape set up a dead straight mast.
 
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