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11-20-2009 12:34 PM
sailingdog I'd second leaving the topping lift in. There are at least two good reasons. First, you can often use it as a spare halyard or to hoist someone aloft if the halyard gets lost up the mast... second, it can be used to hold up the end of the boom and allow you to use the boom as a crane to help bring a MOB back aboard a boat with high freeboard—which you can not do with a rigid vang.
11-17-2009 09:59 PM
sck5 If it doesnt chafe, leave it even if you get a rigid vang. You never know when an extra line from the masthead might come in handy.
11-17-2009 06:35 PM
CaptainForce I recently replaced my topping lift adjusters by drilling out a new "Duncan" Yo-Yo.

In the lift position the bitter end nestles in a loop:


When released the main or mizzen takes the load:

One Yo-Yo will refit a ketch! 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
11-17-2009 05:05 PM
mintcakekeith topping lifts are usualy adjustable, either same as a halyard or from the bottom via a line inside the boom . I do not remove only slacken as it is needed to hold the weight of the boom during reefing and I dont fancy trying to reattach to the end off boom with the boat bouncing about all over the place which it almost certainly would be when a reef is needed.K
11-16-2009 12:46 PM
ste27
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Originally Posted by themotorman View Post
Thank you everyone for these answers. I think that since this boat is set up for serious racing the topping lift is adjustable via a complicated set of lines up and down the mast and back to the cockpit. I will make an effort to slacken off the lift next time as the main is a very expensive kevlar/fiberglass or some plastic mix that sails fantastically but cost a lot. It would be a shame to wear out the sail through my ignorance.
The fixed boom vang sounds like a great idea, but it's not my boat..
BTW This boat does sail awfully well; better than any other I've sailed in from 14 ft dinghies to a 12 meter.
Sorry but serious racing and "complicated set of lines" for the topping lift do not compute. Never seen a topping lift that was anything other than a single line just like a halyard. Sure you're not looking at a lazyjack system?
11-16-2009 10:25 AM
themotorman Thank you everyone for these answers. I think that since this boat is set up for serious racing the topping lift is adjustable via a complicated set of lines up and down the mast and back to the cockpit. I will make an effort to slacken off the lift next time as the main is a very expensive kevlar/fiberglass or some plastic mix that sails fantastically but cost a lot. It would be a shame to wear out the sail through my ignorance.
The fixed boom vang sounds like a great idea, but it's not my boat..
BTW This boat does sail awfully well; better than any other I've sailed in from 14 ft dinghies to a 12 meter.
11-16-2009 10:22 AM
kwaltersmi I ease my topping lift when the main is hoisted and leave it attached. However, we also sometimes use it to help shape the mainsail, depending on how light or heavy the air is. In really light air we sometimes add a bit of tension to the topping lift. For the most part, it does not cause chaffe on our main because the roach is such that it doesn't touch the topping lift.
11-16-2009 10:09 AM
celenoglu Although removing the topping lift when you have the main up is a good idea to overcome chafe, sometimes you can use it to carry some of the weight of the boom when the wind is light.
11-16-2009 09:43 AM
saildog1 I have a rigid vang so I got rid of mine. You don't need it if you have arigid vang since the vang holds up the boom when the halyard is eased.
11-16-2009 09:37 AM
WanderingStar Mine becomes slack when I set the sail, I leave it.
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