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Most topping lifts run to the masthead, down the mast to either, turning blocks led back to the cockpit, or to a cleat at the base of the mast. Other boats, such as yours, utilize a short line made fast to the backstay.

In your situation this line does require unclipping from the boom's end while sailing.
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A true topping lift runs from the back of the boom, to the top of the mast, and back down. The clip that your refering to that is swaged onto the backstay is not a topping lift. I am not sure what the proper term is for that. If you don't have a rigid boom vang the topping lift makes life a lot easier as you don't have to clip and unclip the boom as you are raising or lowering the mainsail.
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What you have is a boom support line...not really a topping lift. A topping lift is a halyard that runs to the masthead and down the mast.
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Have not been to active on the board for a few days.

Faster, yes I could use the main halyard when decommisioning. Actually, I often use both the main and the topping lift. I tend to put the boat away without much help, and they give me control. I hate things crashing to the deck. Topping lift at end of boom, and main supporting the other end, pull the pin and guide it down using the lines.

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My Dutchman line is conntected to my topping lift. No sepereate halyard for it.
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