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Re: Boom rigging question

... and you'll avoid the chafe on the main leech w/o a topping lift.. however it can be problematic when reefing if there's no way to support the boom when the sail is dropping. That's why you need to spend half a boat buck on a rigid/supporting vang! (you'll have to find a wooden one to match, though )

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Re: Boom rigging question

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Listen to sabreman - you don't need a topping lift, you already have a main halyard. Use this to keep the boom up when the sail is down.
There's no such thing as a boom stay!
And what, pray tell, will support the boom when (not if) the man needs set a reef while underway?

A topping lift, solid vang that can support the boom/sail or a boom crutch are needed unless one is a true fair weather sailor, non?
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Re: Boom rigging question

It's not only while reefing. What supports the boom when you drop the sail? Dropping the boom into the cockpit isn't very fun, and I don't believe that you can drop the sail and instantly hook the main halyard back to the end of the boom.

I do put my main halyard on the end of the boom afterwords, just to keep it from clanking on the mast.

If you have two main halyards then by all means use one as a topping lift. That's a great setup.
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