Re: Cakiber 28 baby stay
Fixed babystays on such rigs are usually there to prevent mast pumping - in lieu of double lower shrouds (fore and aft). Doubtful that boat has a 'spindly' rig, but you might like the stability the stay provides for the mast, esp in bumpy conditions.
The real pain is when jibing an end-for-end pole, and many users rig a quick-disconnect/tensioner to remove the stay downwind.
The other pain is how it impedes tacking a genoa as it 'drags' across and around the babystay. What REALLY helps here is a 3-4 foot piece of 2" PVC or ABS pipe around the bottom of the stay.. this helps the sail 'slide/roll' by the baby stay and it's much less likely to cause a hangup. I think the black plastic pipe is less visible and therefore better to use. You can also buy 'shroud rollers' but the pipe is cheaper and works better.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"