bobstay(redirected from bobstays)
A rope, chain, or rod that exerts downward tension on a bowsprit to counteract the pull of the forestay.
(Nautical Terms) a strong stay between a bowsprit and the stem of a vessel for holding down the bowsprit
[C18: perhaps from bob1 + stay3]
a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater.