Ok now I understand, when I was looking at it I also found 2 other N/M 36's for sale one on Lake Michigan and one out in AZ. Neither of these boats had the stays below deck but one did have some big stainless brackets for more support (quessing) I had contacted N/M about this sending them the pictures of all three boats. They did not know why the stays were installed down below and this was not how the boat was set up when new. My Insurance agent is a friend and thought we might have to explore the stay issues allot more. Had I not mentioned it to him I am sure it would not have ever come up. I decided to just buy another J 29 instead. The N/M 36 looked like it had been set on the hard and then forgotten. I did not go look at it and if I could have gotten it for a good price might have been a good deal. Have you looked at it? I would be interested in your thoughts.