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Spreaders on the Apache/Baby Stay?

Just went up the mast on my "new" Chris Craft apache and my wooden spreaders are looking pretty rough....In the next year I'm planning on heading to the Carribean/South America and I know they're going to need to be replaced. Anyone have any advice on spreader replacement for this boat?

Also, the previous owner added a bow sprint with a nice big genoa on it, but there's also what he called a "baby stay," it's not rigged up with any thing, but the stay would attach 2/3rds up the mast and it's probably 4 ft before the beginning of the bow sprint, what sail would this be used for? Could I use it similar to a cutter with a smaller hank on jib?

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The baby stay isn't generally used for a sail, but to help support the mast and possibly give the mast some bend.

If it is a solent stay or an inner forestay, that's a different story, and yes, it could be used to fly a staysail.

As for the spreaders, see if you can bet aluminum ones made up to fit your boat. They'll be far less maintenance.
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Any good way to tell whether it's a baby stay or whether it would support a sail?
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You'd have to ask someone that knows the boat and its design well. Or you could ask the PO.
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Any good way to tell whether it's a baby stay or whether it would support a sail?
How far forward from the mast is the chainplate for this stay?

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If this is a stay that the PO added when he did the bow sprit and he called it a "baby stay" then it more than likely is not meant to carry a sail. Usually one would call it an "inner forestay" if it was meant to carry a sail.

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the PO was unsure what it was for...he was in his 80's and hadn't sailed the boat in at least 5 years, maybe more -- he thought it was a baby stay but he also thought he may have had a sail for it at one point in time (he's a little out of it sometimes.....) it's at least 6 feet, the boat is still 100 miles south of me (I'm going down on weekends to work on it) so I'm not completely sure but it's just behind the windlass, at least 2/3rds the distance between the mast and bow (before the bowsprint) I'll look at it this weekend and post again, but I agree with you guys and I think it's probably just for stability

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It would help if you could post a photo of the foredeck of the boat. Read the post in my signature and get your post count up to 10... and then you can post the photo after uploading it to flickr.com or photobucket.com
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the PO was unsure what it was for...he was in his 80's and hadn't sailed the boat in at least 5 years, maybe more -- he thought it was a baby stay but he also thought he may have had a sail for it at one point in time (he's a little out of it sometimes.....) it's at least 6 feet, the boat is still 100 miles south of me (I'm going down on weekends to work on it) so I'm not completely sure but it's just behind the windlass, at least 2/3rds the distance between the mast and bow (before the bowsprint) I'll look at it this weekend and post again, but I agree with you guys and I think it's probably just for stability

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Check and see if there is a traveler. If it is "at least 6 feet forward of the mast, it may actually carry a little storm sail.

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