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Old 11-23-2013
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Why use a topping lift

Having sailed only twice now, I'm a bit perplexed about the line that runs from the top of my mast to the end of the boom. I believe it's referred to as a "topping lift"? I can see that it conveniently holds up the boom when the sail is down. But when the sail is up, does it serve any purpose?

At first I think I had the line too short (boom too high). I couldnt pull the sail in close enough with the downhaul halyard. But too long and the cable can rub the sail.

Any problem with just not connecting it at all?
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