A bobstay is a part of the rigging of a sailing boat or ship. Its purpose is to counteract the upward tension on the bowsprit from the jibs and forestay. A bobstay may run directly from the stem to the bowsprit,[1] or it may run to a dolphin striker, a spar projecting downward, which is then held to the bowsprit or jibboom by a martingale stay.

See also

  • Bill Bobstay is a character in the operetta H.M.S. Pinafore (1878) by Gilbert and Sullivan.
  • Bobstay was a 1977 detonation in the United States' Operation Cresset nuclear test series.


The dictionary definition of bobstay at Wiktionary

  1. Bowsprits Archived 2015-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, Classic Marine
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