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Re: Topping lift loads?
I recall times when I or someone else happened to be up on the cabin while flaking the main while the mainsheet was eased, just when some power boat wake comes by and rolls the boat. Loosing balance grabbing the boom, and sometimes swinging almost over the rail. Full weight of one crew member on the little topping lift.
That stress is still less than someone hardening down on the mainsheet while the topping lift is not eased. Keeping with a line that can take 1000+ lbs of load would be a good bet.
If you use the boat hard and want to get through heavy weather without incidents, oversize everything.