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04-03-2013 07:03 PM
Alex W
Re: Boom rigging question

It's not only while reefing. What supports the boom when you drop the sail? Dropping the boom into the cockpit isn't very fun, and I don't believe that you can drop the sail and instantly hook the main halyard back to the end of the boom.

I do put my main halyard on the end of the boom afterwords, just to keep it from clanking on the mast.

If you have two main halyards then by all means use one as a topping lift. That's a great setup.
04-03-2013 06:55 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Boom rigging question

Quote:
Originally Posted by Liquorice View Post
Listen to sabreman - you don't need a topping lift, you already have a main halyard. Use this to keep the boom up when the sail is down.
There's no such thing as a boom stay!
And what, pray tell, will support the boom when (not if) the man needs set a reef while underway?

A topping lift, solid vang that can support the boom/sail or a boom crutch are needed unless one is a true fair weather sailor, non?
04-03-2013 05:11 PM
Faster
Re: Boom rigging question

... and you'll avoid the chafe on the main leech w/o a topping lift.. however it can be problematic when reefing if there's no way to support the boom when the sail is dropping. That's why you need to spend half a boat buck on a rigid/supporting vang! (you'll have to find a wooden one to match, though )

Congrats on getting her out. Success story for sure.
04-03-2013 04:53 PM
Liquorice
Re: Boom rigging question

Listen to sabreman - you don't need a topping lift, you already have a main halyard. Use this to keep the boom up when the sail is down.
There's no such thing as a boom stay!
03-31-2013 10:41 AM
rhr1956
Re: Boom rigging question

Attach a "shroud cleat" to the back stay. From that you can tie a pigtail and shackle. Easy Peasy. Google Shroud Cleat.
03-31-2013 07:50 AM
rbyham
Re: Boom rigging question

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Originally Posted by Alex W View Post
The shackle doesn't fix to the backstay, it is used to secure the pigtail to the boom. The pigtail is crimped to the backstay using a crimp. If you just want it to be temporary I guess I would use a couple of wire rope clamps.

It's probably about the same amount of work to just go up the mast.
Oh ok now I got it. Thanks.
03-31-2013 12:30 AM
Sabreman
Re: Boom rigging question

An easy alternative is to attach the main halyard to the end of the boom, if it's long enough.
03-31-2013 12:11 AM
Alex W
Re: Boom rigging question

The shackle doesn't fix to the backstay, it is used to secure the pigtail to the boom. The pigtail is crimped to the backstay using a crimp. If you just want it to be temporary I guess I would use a couple of wire rope clamps.

It's probably about the same amount of work to just go up the mast.
03-30-2013 11:14 PM
rbyham
Re: Boom rigging question

What kind of shackle fixes to the back stay?
03-30-2013 10:52 PM
rbyham
Re: Boom rigging question

I agree the boom stay and topingnlift are same in my mind. Running to back stay would be temporary till I can get up the mast to run the boom stay. I will look for a shackle that will let run a pigtail for now.
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