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Beginners rigging question...

I am currently learning to sail in a 15'' daysailer, and on one of the first trips out last year; I encountered a small problem with the rigging. Whenever I drop the mainsail, the boom drops to the deck in a giant ball of sail and aluminum. I know that on larger boats, there is another stay running from the top of the mast to the back of the boom to help support the boom, and I was questioning the possibility of adding something like this my mine. On the top port side of the mast, there is an "extra" eyebolt type of fastener and on the port side of the boom opposite the outhaul there is an "extra" cleat. There isn''t anything in the boat literature that shows one of these stays, but is it possible that it could/should be rigged that way?? I know that this isn''t really much of a problem , but more of an irritation. Everything just seems to run smoother when the deck is neat & organized and not smothered in mainsail.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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