1978 Pearson 30 - broken topping lift
While sailing yesterday my topping lift broke. It looks like it broke at the top of the mast. I have no documentation in hand regarding how it is attached at the top of the mast. The boom end has a block attached to the topping lift wire. My questions are:
1. Is the topping lift a custom-built part or is there a vendor (somewhere?) that sells one off the shelf?
2. Assuming I can find a new topping lift (or have one made?):
Is this something that I can replace myself or should I have the marina service guys do the work? I have a boson's chair - I might be able to persuade a couple of good friends lift me up to the top of the mast so that I could replace the topping lift?
3. Is there an upgrade to the original design?
The marina estimate, just for labor, is about $400. I would (obviously) like to reduce this cost if at all possible.