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Re: Topping Lift - How Does this work?
My Pearson came with a pigtail and a non-adjustable topping lift (with bare cable). I don't like either, so when the mast was down I made a new adjustable topping lift out of 1/8" Amsteel. It's a cheap and easy project. The topping lift is a piece of 1/8" amsteel long enough to get ~2' from the boom with eye splices in each end. The top one goes to the masthead, the bottom holds a small block. 1/4" (cheap) double braid goes from the back of the boom, through that block, and back along the boom to a cleat at the front.
The problem with the pigtail is that when the wind is blowing 20 knots and you want to drop the sail you need to get the pigtail attached first or drop the boom into the cockpit. Neither is very easy or fun.
The other problem with the pigtail is that if you forget to unclip it and start sailing your boat will start to breach when you can't ease the mainsheet.
The problem with a fixed topping lift is that if your sail has much roach it will hang up on the back of the topping lift and you can't ease it enough to let it slip past. You also can't use it to reduce boom weight in very light winds and keep sail shape.
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Last edited by Alex W; 03-21-2013 at 03:36 PM.