|I agree except for the need in heavy sea going up wind.
The sail trim and rigging guide leave the babystay out of the discussion. Having raced with full height foresail rigs, I expect to have some tension on the backstay in 15 and above conditions. The sailmaker guides always call for backstay adjustment when rigging a babystay finger tight after setting mast rake at the dock.
When I purchased this boat the surveyor noted the separation of the plate under the babystay and it's been on my list and also signs of separation between the deck and hull at the aft corners where the toe rail casting is fastened.
I use the backstay to control headfoil sag and mailsail leach telltails together with main traveler angle below the boom. This is nothing special. Just what the sailmakers and Gary Jobson trimming book says about tuning.
So I had a guru pro do the backsty chain plates with additional layup of fiberglass inside the stern at the locations. The corneres under the toe rail casting were resealed too. Now with the babystay separation remaing, I wish to keep water from seeping into the four mounting holes. How many spongy decks are there because thru holes are not kept sealed?
The chaftsman here will go into the under fastening point by making a thru hole in the headlinder to fit a standard size plastic inspection plate, then decide how to clean the inside deck surface under the babystay plate so it can be strengthened and seal with a stainless plate inside with sealer before covering the hole with plastic cover.
I did many races around the San Juans in a Mk V during their prime PHRF days and sail trim was always involvong the set up of the babystay, rake at the dock then backstay for best up wind speed.
I was hoping to know experiences.
The other projects involve hatch window replacement or entire hatch replacement
Finding the little caps covering the screw heads on the cabin ports. Some are missing. The she's perfect for next season.
Once this is completed I'll keep pictures for anyne i terested.
Northern Dancer, Mark V, 1986
Pemaquid Harbor, Maine