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I'd second leaving the topping lift in. There are at least two good reasons. First, you can often use it as a spare halyard or to hoist someone aloft if the halyard gets lost up the mast... second, it can be used to hold up the end of the boom and allow you to use the boom as a crane to help bring a MOB back aboard a boat with high freeboard—which you can not do with a rigid vang.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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