ASA and PSIA Instructor
Join Date: Apr 2000
Thanked 37 Times in 37 Posts
Rep Power: 17
The proper setting of you topping lift can be found when sailing with the mainsail close hauled...the topping lift should have a little slack in it...i.e. not be restricting the trim of the main.
When the main is lowered, if the boom drops in an inconvenient way, take it up with the topping lift...if not, you haver atopping lift that doesn't need adjusting.
Never take load on the topping lift when the main is raised and being trimmed, especially if you have mid-boom sheeting, or you run th erisk of breaking the boom...
Certified...in several regards...