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OK.. So, I just spent the big bucks on my new Garhauer rigid vang on my Catalina30. I'm getting ready to take off my topping lift, but now you guys are making me question that.
The topping lift flaps around and catches on things, so, I THINK I want to get rid of it.
My rigid vang bottoms out if it goes much below horizontal, so I don't quite understand why I would need the topping lift to support the boom when I am reefing. I would think that the rigid vang would hold the boom (and me) up nicely.
On the Catalina 30 forum, someone said that you'd want to keep the topping lift to keep the boom centered, which makes even less sense to me.
I'm thoroughly confused. Please educate me.
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Last edited by djodenda; 06-13-2008 at 06:26 PM.