- On the Getaway, the tang is attached to the comp-tip, not to the aluminum part of the mast (unlike on the 16), which may be more fragile (???)
- There is no dolphin striker, so more wight on the outside can put more pressure on the the crossbar
Correct on both counts. Trapeze loads are compression on the mast and crossbar. Since the tang is in the CompTip... we don't recommend the extra loads there or on the forward beam. Example: The trapeze loads are why a striker was added to the Hobie 14 when we went Turbo (Jib and Trapeze) on that model.
Matt, I have to agree with gzmovala on this. I don't have the math to put this in formulas, so bear with me. Let's assume that four people on the rack equal two people on the trapeze. Now, the compression forces on the beam would be stronger with four people on the rack, since the shroud is closer to the mast than the two trapeze wires. To prove it by the absurd, if we had a long enough rack, even a small kid could keep the boat upright, while the compression forces on the beam would be minimal. To take to an extreme, with an infinite long rack, an infinitely small weight will will keep the Getaway upright, while exerting an infinitely small compression force on the beam.
Resuming: the farther away from the mast you apply a righting force, the less compression there will be on the beam.