{Stus-List} running back stays

Allan Rheaume allanrheaume at videotron.ca
Wed Mar 28 11:37:58 EDT 2007


Colin, if interested, I have a pic of a triple spreader 38-3 with running backs. From the pic it looks like they attach roughly 2 feet below the top spreaders.

Allan
Drumroll
1988 30 Mk II
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Colin Beckmann 
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  Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:27 AM
  Subject: Re: {Stus-List} running back stays


  Dave, 

  When you talk of the 38, do you mean the 38-3?.   Most of the 38-3's I have seen have a triple spreader rig where as mine was ordered with the cruising rig and had a double spreader rig.  I know that they have holes in the mast for running backs ( as does mine) , and I understand that some of the 38-3's might have had running backs, but mines does not have them, and I have never seen any with them.

  One day I should take a vernier and see if my extrusion is actually heavier then the 3 spreader extrusion.  Regardless, after seeing this discussion I think I will take a look at the rig in rough weather

  Regards

  Colin



  At 09:09 AM 3/28/2007, you wrote:

    I think Charlie is talking about 'check' stays in stead of a true 'running' backstay. Sometimes these two terms are used interchangably, and can lead to confusion.
    As Greg said, the runners attach at the height of the forestay.  Several boat designs (C&C 38, J-35) have stays that attach lower than the headstay, but higher than the spreader. These are what I call 'check' stays and  are there to reduce/stop mast pumping, having no (minimal) effect on headstay tension or masthead support.
    How's that to add some additional confusion?
    DaveRyan
    C&C 33-1
    1975

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      From: cenelson at aol.com 

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      Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 8:06 PM

      Subject: Re: {Stus-List} running back stays


      All right--my head is spinning between backstays, baby stays and running backs. Here is another question.



      My 1995 C&C 36XL/kcb masthead boat came with an adjustable babystay and running backs and a 3 spreader rig. In 2004, my local sailmaker, a former crew on an Americal's Cup challenger in 1972, looked over the rig carefully in preparation for a new set of carbon sails to race her in Charleston Race Week.



      It was his opinion that my spreaders were slightly aft of athwartships and that the babystay was an unnecessary complication to the boat's standing rigging. Accordingly he recommended removing the babystay entirely but keeping the runners in place (but not routinely used) to stabilize the mast in the rare pumping situation in the NC sounds.


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