Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Smithfield, RI
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Baby stay on my Scampi 30 - keep or ditch?
My new to me Scampi 30 (its 32 years old) came rigged with a baby stay. As far as I can tell, it is not original, and was retrofitted in at some point. I think this because the work is a little sloppy on the chain plate weld and also the cut in the deck is not terribly square.
The thing is a pain in the rear. It takes up a lot of space on the deck, the head sail fouls in it on every tack and I have not even tried the spinnaker yet. Last September people just kept tripping on it.
I finally took it off and the boat spent the winter with the mast up and no baby stay.
My question is, do I need it and, if not, is it worth the aggravation for the extra shaping it theoretically lets me do for the main? It occured to me as I was getting it ready for rebedding that I could just remove the chain plate and epoxy up the hole. Then i don't have a few inches of steel pocking up that can hurt someone.
Any comments would be appreciated, thanks!