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topping lifts are usualy adjustable, either same as a halyard or from the bottom via a line inside the boom . I do not remove only slacken as it is needed to hold the weight of the boom during reefing and I dont fancy trying to reattach to the end off boom with the boat bouncing about all over the place which it almost certainly would be when a reef is needed.K
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I recently replaced my topping lift adjusters by drilling out a new "Duncan" Yo-Yo.

In the lift position the bitter end nestles in a loop:


When released the main or mizzen takes the load:

One Yo-Yo will refit a ketch! 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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If it doesnt chafe, leave it even if you get a rigid vang. You never know when an extra line from the masthead might come in handy.
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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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