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Cakiber 28 baby stay

Don't own one....yet, but just how important is the baby stay on the 28 ?
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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.

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Re: Cakiber 28 baby stay

We sail a Caliber 28 and love her. The baby stay does provide stability to our taller than most for our size mast. It does occasionally require coverage for the jib that sweeps across it, not all the time, and a pvc pipe works just fine. We have no problem wing on wing downwind as we pole out to one side or the other and have never had a problem jibing.
We love our Caliber, it is a bit overbuilt and though we would not take it blue water as it is now, I believe it could.
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