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Old 05-28-2008
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BabyStays for Trailerables
Most trailerable sailboats have a set of baby stays that attach to a hound about 6-7 feet off the deck and to the stantion bases at the beam. The same hound is used with a winch attached to raise and lower the mast, the baby stays keep the mast from swinging too far to port or starboard and twisting the mast base plate. The babystays are for keeping the mast aligned with the boat while raising and lowering.
I realize there are other applications for them but this is one I know of from trailering.
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I also think it's a downhaul either for the pole, or a downhaul for the staysail, just stored in that position.
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Looking closely it appears that the babystay has a simple turnbuckle and the spin pole downhaul has been snapped onto the stay above the turnbuckle.

Back to the original quiestion. A block and tackle at the end of the babystay is a very typical set up for babystays on smallish (under 40')raceboats with flexible spars. It allows precise mastbend similar to the way an adjustable backstay works on a fractional rig. The tackle can be quickly eased by the pit person on the leeward mark rounding allowing the stay to retract out of the way. There is often a shockchord retractor line that pulls the stay back next to the mast. Sometimes this is rigged as a cascade when more purchase is needed.

A highfield lever makes sense for stays used to fly jibs offshore but makes absolutely no sense on a race boat of this size.

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Thanks Jeff, sorry for the misunderstanding with my thread title. I know how the baby stay works, it was the line and block attached to it that had me wondering because I want to make mine removable. I couldn't see the rigging very well.

Jeff, just reread and now I understand what you are saying with the addition of the block and tackle to adjust to stay. i like the idea.
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