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post #2 of Old 11-23-2013
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Re: Why use a topping lift

Once you get the main sail up, slack off the topping lift enough so you can mange the sail without pulling on the topping lift. When you sheet in the main sheet too tightly you will stress the topping lift if it is not slacked off enough. If you leave it connected with a little slack in it and you have to drop the main in a hurry it will keep the boom from crashing down. You can use a length of sturdy marine grade bungy cord on the boom end of the topping lift which will keep you from breaking it if you forget to slack it after raising the main. Enjoy

Al Pickering
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