Originally Posted by jobi
yes running backstays!! sorry not only am I french but also new to sailboats, I didn't know what running backstays
here's a photo
of Ting a Ling from sailboatdata, shes a similar boat to mine except for the spreaders and wood cabin
. I wanted to post a link but did not know how? hope this is ok.
Understand that you new to sail boats - there are so many nautical terms which are difficult to absorb in any language.
However, the importance of these 2 stays cannot be over emphasized.
Still we do not know how they are attached
- suspect that they are NOT attached to the "stern rail" which by the way is usually constructed from thin walled stainless steel
tubing similar the "Pulpit" at the front of the boat. The stern railing (sometimes called the "Pushpit") is not designed to terminate the stays that hold the mast up. Backstays would be attached to substantial chain plates in the hull
of the boat. Running backstays are not designed to hold the mast up - but to tension the mast according to wind
strength and direction.
The chain plate which is said to be only 4ft (1.2m) in front of the mast, is too close to the mast for it to be a staysail stay, if it's cutter
rigged. This is a "babystay" Which is attached to the mast, at the front of the mast at the lower
spreader, it is there to stiffen the lower part of the mast, by preventing it from flexing backwards, not a staysail stay.
This type of stay on a double spreader mast is to be found on the Jeanneau
Sun Odyssey 37.
If you can take a picture of the "backstay" where it terminates on the hull
we can understand if it is safe or not.