The original wood Folkboats had the head
stay about a foot to 18 inches back from the stem. My English
built Contessa 26 also was rigged that way , and I liked it. I was not actually at the bow to change sails
, and it made it a little bit easier to handle the anchor
at the bow. Many of the older European boats were rigged like that. At least the narrow knife in the water
type. Nothing unusual at all. _____Grant._______By the way? What type is your boat. That would have made the answer easier?????