This winters project is all new standing rigging. While I'm doing it I was thinking about adding something so I can adjust the back stay. since I've owned the boat there has been no way to adjust it on the fly. The boat is a 26 ft fractional trailer sailor with a swing keel. I sail on lake Erie and I stay inside the break wall unless the weather is clear. I hear a little about how it can be used to take some power away from your main sail but is it really worth it on such a small boat.