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I am sailing a friends Ericson 30 +, On any boat I have sailed before the topping lift, the wire that goes from the end of the boom to the mast head was always removed after the mainsail was hoisted. ( Not sure if "topping lift" is right term for this). The problem with leaving it attached is that the mainsail is not shaped correctly ( a good tension is in the wire ) and also the sail and wire interfere with each other near the mast head due to the full rounded shape of the mainsail.
Can some kind sole please fill me in on the function and correct use.