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No baby stays, should I consider adding them?

Looking around at all the boats he in the marina, the leopard 39/moorings 3900 is one of the few, or maybe the only one, that doesn't have a baby stay. Apparently not necessary, but if I'm going a bit more than near island chartering, is it something I need. At least, I'm sure, it's something to consider. What do I gain? Must be the mast is just so short and stout that it's not so necessary... After all, it did get here from S. Africa. Did I just answer my own question?
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Re: No baby stays, should I consider adding them?

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... Did I just answer my own question?
Sounds like it. Baby stays are added to rigs if required to either minimize the tendency to 'pump' or as a way to induce mast bend in a breeze. Their presence is usually a PITA when tacking, as they are prime candidates to hang up the headsail during a tack.

I'd assume the designer(s) made the right calls and be thankful you don't have a babystay.. unless circumstances appear to dictate the need.
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Re: No baby stays, should I consider adding them?

Yeah, you don't need to second guess the rig designer. Baby stays are used to stabilize or adjust the mast on certain rig types. For example, my mast has no sweep to the spreaders so it would be more prone to pumping without the babystay. There are thousands of boats out there that do not need one.

Now if it looks like your boat used to have one, and someone removed it, THEN you might consider reinstalling it.
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Re: No baby stays, should I consider adding them?

Faster's forestay is really more a babystay than anything else...
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