Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
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OK... I'm muddling some more.....
In last weeks episode, you will recall that:
1) I have installed a new rigid vang on my Catalina 30
2) The existing topping lift is a wire that runs from the mast head, and connects to a rope, which attaches to a block at the end of the boom and travels forward to a cleat on the boom.
3) This topping lift is annoying, as it snags on my battens, and flops about in a bothersome manner.
4) Others have stated that it's important to have a topping lift to properly support the boom during reefing.
5) Others have stated that it's not a good idea to let the boom rest on the solid vang when moored.
6) The topping lift, since it is a attached to the mast top, is not useful for hoisting things.
Since I could attach my main halyard to my boom end when moored, this eliminates problem #5. It seems to me that the only advantage of keeping the existing topping lift is problem #4. If I wanted to have the other advantages of a "proper" topping lift, I could run line through my extra aft sheeve and make one. I'm wondering if this is worth the trouble.
I'm going to jump around on the boom this weekend and seem how stable it seems.
Your input, as always, is welcome.
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
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