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The boat was made in the 70s and the sail is original, as far as I can tell. I am thinking it is stretched quite a bit and a vang is probably a good idea in order to have as much control over it as possible. Is this thinking correct?
The boat also has a topping lift which does not seem to be adjustable. I've read mixed opinions about whether or not to leave it attached while sailing. I don't particularly care for the way it is attached to the mast. It is attached on the starboard side, so that when the sail swings around to port, the lift is wrapping half way around the mast. If I let go of the boom, everything swings back over to starboard. I think the idea is to keep it all out of the way when the sail is not in use but it seems to me to be a poor design. Anyway, since the topping life is not adjustable, even the weight of the boom is not going to flatten the sails by much. Correct?
Last edited by Ei Leen; 04-20-2013 at 08:48 AM.