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Re: Boom rigging question
Listen to sabreman - you don't need a topping lift, you already have a main halyard. Use this to keep the boom up when the sail is down.
There's no such thing as a boom stay!
And what, pray tell, will support the boom when (not if) the man needs set a reef while underway?
A topping lift, solid vang that can support the boom/sail or a boom crutch are needed unless one is a true fair weather sailor, non?
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