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08-04-2007 03:19 PM
tommyt 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.

BF,
My Dutchman line is conntected to my topping lift. No sepereate halyard for it.
08-04-2007 12:44 PM
Lancer28 ok now I get it thanks!
08-03-2007 03:08 PM
sailingdog Lancer-

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.
08-03-2007 02:58 PM
sailortjk1 Lancer,
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.
08-03-2007 02:55 PM
TrueBlue 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.
08-03-2007 02:48 PM
Lancer28 ok I'm confused. I use my topping lift to hold the boom before I furl my main. Otherwise, I leave it disconnected from the end of the boom and clipped on to the backstay tensioner where it is out of the way. Am I supposed to leave this attached??! How do you guys run beam reaches if you're still hooked into it - as I would imagine that it severly would limit how far the boom would travel?

OR, are you talking about a line not attached to the backstay for holding the boom, rather some sort of line from the masthead?
07-29-2007 11:49 PM
bestfriend
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A rigid vang also adjusts the height/angle of the boom. If I did not have the Dutchman system for flaking the sail, which I really like, I would get the topping lift off of the boom. It is just one more line in that case for my purposes.
However, when I am decommisioning the boat it is a great tool when I take the boom off. Lets me get the vang off the boom, and then pull the pin and lower the boom to the deck in control.
Tommy I've got the Dutchman and it has its own adjustable line that is connected right under the topping. Do you have that on yours or is it attached to the topping?
07-29-2007 11:15 PM
Faster
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...However, when I am decommisioning the boat it (topping lift) is a great tool when I take the boom off. Lets me get the vang off the boom, and then pull the pin and lower the boom to the deck in control.
Couldn't you do the same with the main halyard at that time?
07-29-2007 03:20 PM
tommyt A rigid vang also adjusts the height/angle of the boom. If I did not have the Dutchman system for flaking the sail, which I really like, I would get the topping lift off of the boom. It is just one more line in that case for my purposes.
However, when I am decommisioning the boat it is a great tool when I take the boom off. Lets me get the vang off the boom, and then pull the pin and lower the boom to the deck in control.
07-29-2007 02:50 PM
sailingdog BF-

Also makes tightening the reefing clew line much simpler... since you're just tightening it, and not trying to lift the boom and sail at the same time—giving you a much better chance of tensioning the reefing clew line properly—since this line acts as an outhaul as well as attaching the reefed clew of the sail to the boom.
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