The stays on my 29ft classic steel
sailboat are still in great condition, but I measured them out of curiosity the other week. I'm based in northern Europe
atm, but planning on making the big roundtrip to the caribbean
in a few years. For this trip I'm making all kind of reinforcements and alterations, but I figured this would all be in vain anyways if the mast
comes down during the first squall because the stays were only designed for sunny daysailing...
So... It's a sloop
rigged boat with one backstay. One forestay (roller genoa), and soon a removable cutterstay as well. Then two sidestays that attach at the top of the mast
and two pairs of sidestays that attach at the spreader (only one spreader on the 12m mast).
Right now all stays are the same thickness, 4mm (0,15478 inch). I'm planning on making the removable cutterstay quite a bit thicker, but am wondering if I also have to replace all other stays with thicker ones...