HMS Fly - Stays


The main and fore stays should be set up before the preventor stays. Main and fore stays use 1.3mm thread. Main and fore preventor stays use 1mm natural thread. The area of stay that loops around the masthead can be simulated as shown on the drawings.
Rig the top of the mizzen stay using the same technique as the fore and main stays. The lower end is secured to the lower main mast with the use of 3mm deadeyes, as shown.
The topmast stays are rigged in the same manor as the previous stays. However, the lower end of the fore topmast stay, instead of being lashed with closed heart blocks, reeves through the starboard bee slot on the bowsprit, and down to an eyelet on the forecastle bitts near the bowsprit. The loose end of the preventor stay reeves through the lower port bee slot and seized as the stay on the opposite side. This is clearly shown on the drawings.
Rig the main topmast top stays as the previous stays. The end of the preventor stay runs through a 5mm single block and tied below the foremast cap, down the foremast. A sister block should be tied to the end of the stay so that it hangs about 70-80mm above deck level. A single 5mm block should then be secured to an eyelet just aft of the base of the foremast. A length of 0.25mm thread is then tied to the 5mm block and then the 0.25mm thread is to be run through the lower hole of the sister block, then back down through the hole in the 5mm single block, and up again through the upper hole in the sister block and finally belayed to the bitts just behind the foremast, as shown.

The main topmast stay runs through the hole in a 5mm single block seized below the bibbs on the foremast. The stay then should be threaded through the gap behind the mast top and down to the deck where it is rigged in the same manor as the preventor stay.

The mizzen topmast stay is rigged using the same method as the previous stays. The lower part is seized with a 3.5mm deadeye in-between the main top and cap, as shown.

Finish off the remaining stays as shown on the plans. Using the plans as visual and size reference, tie on the various blocks to the shrouds and stays for certain running rigging (yard braces).

Chris Watton ©