One of the first guys to do extensive cruising in a Westsail 32 got dusted up in the run down from Seattle
. He was running with reefed staysail in very strong winds and significant seas. He had some reason to go forward and just happened to look up at the mast
and about loaded his drawers. The staysail stay was causing the mast
to pump so much out of column, he was sure that the stick would come down at any moment. He went below and crawled in his bunk and had discussions with a hihger power as there wasn't anything he could do about it without runners. Fortunately the stick didn't come down before the low passed but it scared him so much he turned left at SF and added runners.
Runners are not a problem to set and stow on a cruising boat. It's not unusual to make an entire passage
on the same tack. Days on the same tack are almost a constant. The constant stresses on a cutter
rig by the staysail stay need to be triangulated. Dyneema
line is lightweight and virutally chafe free. Add a couple of four part blocks and you have a lot of peace and security
for less than a boat unit.
We had runners on our W32. Deployed them anytime that we were sailing under the working sails
which was most of our sailing. The peace of mind they gave us was priceless.