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Old 10-05-2011, 13:33   #1
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Baby Stay

I have an endeavour 40 and want to install a removebable baby stay for a storm jib first in case of a storm, second this sail make the boat pointing better (is it true ?). my questions are at what level attache it on the mast and where attache it on the deck. Did i need to reinforce the deck, did i need running stay? I am now in fort lauderdale in FL, where can i find a store for this hardware and good advice ? Tampa maybe?
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Old 10-05-2011, 14:09   #2
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Re: baby stay

Hi Hugues,

The short answer is yes, you can do this. The longer answer is that although I can remember seeing an article or three, I can't remember them. I'd suggest a google search but change your terms. Try searching for "installing staysail stay". The following link goes to an old Ocean Navigator article, but there are other links as well. If this is what you intend, you can probably find some of the other links as well. Finally, I believe Endeavor is still in business but as a multi-hull only company. Nevertheless, if you contact them, they might give you some advice.

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Old 10-05-2011, 17:58   #3
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Re: Baby Stay

Yes you can. It might help performance but you probably want it more for storm and for a backup to your forestay during stormy weather. Your stay should be rigged parrallel to your forestay at whatever point you want it to be. You need to have a chainplate attached to a bulkhead or large timber below the point where you tack it down or you need to have a piece of wire or rod rigging or solid piece of stainless attached to your stem. Once you've picked the point on the deck where you want it then run it parrallel of the forestay to wherever on the mast. At that point you'll need a substantial fitting (mast hound) that will handle probably 5/16" wire rigging. If your mast is bendy in the least you'll want to have running backstays unless the mast hound is near your spreaders where your lowers attach. In a storm you'll put a lot of pressure on that baby stay and you don't want it bending your mast. Contacting a yacht builder is a very good idea and if that doesn't help then contacting a professional rigger will also help. I'm by no means a rigger but have gone through this mental exercise many times.
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Old 10-05-2011, 18:22   #4
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Re: Baby Stay

There is a company in Miami, Sailing Services Sailing Services - Rigging, Lifelines, Winches, Furling Systems, Supplies, Ropes that can help you with this project. I have used them for over thirty years and always had great service from them.
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