Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading


Bobstay is a stay (wire/chain) that holds the bowsprit downwards, counteracting the effect of the forestay. It is usually made of wire or chain to eliminate stretch.

What is Bobstay?

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.