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Re: Where does this go...?
B. wasn't sure adjustability was neccessary in topping lift, but I'm not thrilled with detaching the TL when sail is up (secure to mast) and then having to return TL to boom to let sail down...so that should cover both issues...
An adjustable TL allows you to ease it when hoisted, reducing leech chafe, and also allows you to tension the TL in very light air to support the weight of the boom, which will otherwise close the leech.
And, in the cockpit with the rum out you can raise the boom out of your way a bit more...
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