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Re: Topping Lift - How Does this work?
Yes, you have to ease the topping lift to accommodate a high roach main. Once the main is hoisted the topping lift is not needed until you reef ot lower the main.
On some boats you even have to add a backstay whip so that the battens will clear the backstay.
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