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Old 06-20-2013
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Back stay boom supporter broke - now what?

I don't have a topping lift that comes down from the mast, but I did have a roughly 4 foot long wire attached to the back stay that clipped on the end of the boom to support it when raising/lowering mainsail and when reefing (while pointed close to the wind).

It broke.

My boom isn't very heavy or long, and pretty easy to manage, rest on my shoulder etc...

Any reason why I should hurry up and fix it? Any problem with the boom resting on the cabin top, "bending" down at the goose neck? I notice that a lot of boats at the marina with much larger booms leave their boom resting way down and to the side. No topping lift or anything.... When I am done sailing for the day I use the main halyard to support the boom by clipping it to the end of the boom.

A proper topping lift from the mast does seem like it would be useful when reefing while not pointing into the wind I must admit.

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