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Babystay lifting Coach Top!
The Babystay on my Yankee 30 is lifting the deck (Coach top) off a bulkhead about a quarter inch. I'm pointing at the area that lifts, though, I've relieved the tension on the stay. Three of the four acorn nuts on the bottom of the stay are on the right. I'm wondering what they did with the fourth (I'm pointing at it in the topside picture). Is it a screw (not a through bolt) that they ran into the top of the bulkhead? If so, that seems worthless. I assume the screws on the left (first picture) were supposed to join the bulkhead and Coach Top. To my surprise, they must be screws, as they are not through bolts. In any case, they apparently are not doing their job anymore. The babystay runs at a steep angle, so though it doesn't have a lot of load on it, the force it exerts on the Coach Top is mainly lift. I'm thinking that I may need to connect the three bolts (bottom of stay) to a fitting that would straddle and be through bolted to the edge of the bulkhead, about a foot under the Coach top. Thoughts?
Last edited by L124C; 02-07-2012 at 09:36 PM.