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I am going on my first long trip in my boat for the whole 4th of July weekend, and I bought myself an 8 foot inflatable dinghy. I want to keep it on the foredeck inflated, but the problem is what I think is called a baby stay is in the way. It is easily disconnected. Question is, how important is it, what does it really do/adjust?

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Depends on the boat. If it is indeed a baby stay rather than an inner stay that is designed to be removed it has a pretty important role in keeping your mast in column at certain points of sail. i would be reluctant to remove it unless I knew it was OK
 

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In my experience many manufacturers just go about sticking extra chain plates and stays for no good reason. Take them all off and walk around the deck unfettered! BWAAAA!

Of course a baby stay is important! I've one on my boat and wouldn't sail without it any more than I'd remove the back-stay cause I bump my head on it occasionally.

Enjoy your boat, your dinghy and your trip...but please don't remove your baby stay.
 

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In my experience many manufacturers just go about sticking extra chain plates and stays for no good reason. Take them all off and walk around the deck unfettered! BWAAAA!

Of course a baby stay is important! I've one on my boat and wouldn't sail without it any more than I'd remove the back-stay cause I bump my head on it occasionally.

Enjoy your boat, your dinghy and your trip...but please don't remove your baby stay.
Ok I agree with you 100%, but why is it adjustable with quick releases like a halyard?. When do you tighten/loosen it? It's a tartan 31
 
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