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I have a sun magic 44 with baby stay fitted and would like to know if anyone has experience of removing it
The j. Client service said that it would void any warranty, as the boat is 20 years Lodi don't think that it would matter much, but I am interested to find out if there are any experiences out there.
Also any experience lengthening the mast ??
Whilst J. manufactured about 400 of these yachts you don't see many of them around.
Thanks in advance
The yacht has a double spreader rig with inboard shrouds which support the section laterally. Because the mast section is relatively beefy in the fore'n aft dimension, its radius of gyration is relatively greater so that it is better able to sustain buckling loads about the transverse axis and hence needs somewhat less support. However, heavily loaded hard on the wind, the section needs the lateral support that is provided by the baby-stay. In light air, not so much. You might be able the replace the turn-buckle connection to the chain-plate with a hyfield lever so that you can remove the stay in light air but refasten it when the going gets hard. The rig was not designed by accident. There are no "unnecessary" parts. Lengthening the mast could be done in theory although that would exacerbate the foregoing and would require a reevaluation of all of the rig components.
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