No baby stays, should I consider adding them? - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 11-04-2013 Thread Starter
Catamarans are the best
Subaqua's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: North Dakota -the land of ice and snow and 650,000 other people
Posts: 91
Thanks: 2
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 4
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?
Subaqua is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 11-04-2013
Just another Moderator
Faster's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 18,782
Thanks: 141
Thanked 500 Times in 474 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Re: No baby stays, should I consider adding them?

Originally Posted by Subaqua View Post
... 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.


1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. 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)
Faster is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 11-04-2013
Senior Member
SchockT's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,465
Thanks: 1
Thanked 29 Times in 27 Posts
Rep Power: 5
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.

1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig
SchockT is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 11-04-2013
Senior Member
djodenda's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
Posts: 1,849
Thanks: 1
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Re: No baby stays, should I consider adding them?

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


1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"

"They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house. I'm not made of stone!" -Krusty the Clown
djodenda is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Adding an adjustable backstay without adding a split backstay peterchech Gear & Maintenance 11 05-29-2012 05:33 PM
baby stays davemchine General Discussion (sailing related) 4 04-23-2012 05:22 PM
Adding tangs for running back stays downeast450 Gear & Maintenance 5 10-29-2009 07:19 AM
what stays, what goes? tybeefolk General Discussion (sailing related) 6 01-10-2004 03:34 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome