I do''nt understand how you use a Dutchman system with out using the topping lift to hold the upper end of the Dutchman wire. I too have had a Dutchman for 10 years and the only thing I did not like was the pockets at the boom to hold the wires, they would hold up the sail. I built stst brackets that were up about an inch that secured the wire to the boom. This was on a Gulf 32.
On my new boat, a 43 Steel cutter I installed a lazy jack system that could be folded up to the mast. I have been considering going to the Dutchman system on her. A friend of mine Evans Starzinger on his 47'' aluminum sloop Hawk uses lazy jacks and is recomending that I not add the Dutchman system. That the Dutchman is not useable for offshore work, where it works well for Coatal.