Currency: GBP

Subtotal £0.00
Shipping £0.00
VAT included in total (£0.00)
Total £0.00

Babystay and Backstay Adjustment

A Babystay can help to optimise your yacht's performance - Backstay tensioning can improve the sailing performace of a yacht.

Wichard Babystays are ideal for setting a flying sail e.g. Storm Jib

Tightening the backstay creates extra tension on the forestay and pulls the mast aft which improves pointing ability upwind.

Loosening the backstay should allow the mast to move forward while still supported - this reduces weather helm and eases the stress on the mast and rigging when downwind sailing.

There are three common methods to achieve backstay adjustment: Hydraulic Ram Operated Tension, Rope Purchase System (running backstays), Manual Thread Winding

All of these can be applied directly to the rig or as part of a split backstay arrangement which can immediately double the power of adjustment and halve the rate for finer tuning

Wichard Backstay Adjusters are tensioned and released by:

  1. winding on a wheel
  2. pumping a handle (lever)
  3. pumping a handle (lever) with a ratchet to ensure no accidental release during tensioning
Read More
View +
View +
View +
Wichard Babystay Wheel Adjuster - 5-7mm
View +
View +
Wichard Backstay Adjuster with Wheel
View +
Wichard Backstay Adjuster with Handle
View +
Wichard Backstay Adjuster with Ratchet
Bluewave Backstay Triangle
TMS Backstay Flicker