uses the B&R rig which doesn't use a Backstay. Our Hunter
450 seemed to do just fine without one, in fact... I didn't even realize that it didn't have a Backstay until I read about it on this forum months after we bought it. The two large metal rods coming off the mast
were actually a great help in climbing up to the boom. The only draw back was the spreaders which were angled back and restricted letting out the main sail all the way, which can easily be overcome by flying a spinnaker
or poling out the jib
Today I find myself surrounded here in the anchorage by six Jeanneau
Sun Odyssey 469 charter
boats. I guess a local charter
company is using the anchorage as a parking lot, because all of them have been here for four days unoccupied.... I hope they're not counting on me to be boat sitting them. But anyway... I couldn't help but notice how the spreaders on the Sun Odysseys are angled back just as much as on our Hunter, but the Jeanneau
company continues to use the Backstay.
My question: Why do sailboats with spreaders angled back at a significant angle need a Backstay at all? If they're going to angle them back, why not use the B&R rig that's so successful on the Hunters? I get the fact that racers like to tweak and tension the Backstay, but these appear to be boats used for cruising and charter.