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Michael - I moved your post to a more appropriate forum. The other forum is mainly for technical issues with the site itself.

We have a similar rig setup - not as extreme as Hunter's, but I do have a backstay though it's not critical to keep the rig standing. I prefer to have some sort of backstay for peace of mind and mainsail trim control - the but 'trussed' rigidity of the Hunter's B&R rig probably negates any effect that a backstay might have if it was there. The rig allows for a large roach mainsail as well - without the inevitable interference you'd have with any backstay.

Hunter has sold many such boats, so I suppose they 'work', but my preference is for something more conventional.
 
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