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On the Catalina 30, where does the topping lift for the boom attach when you are sailing?

I'm not seeing an obvious place to attach it to the mast. Or is it supposed to stay attached to the boom while sailing?

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Don't know about where to secure the detached topping lift on your boat. I've always solved the problem by not detaching it. Slack it off so that it's just loose with the main sheeted in hard and all has been fine. If it's a wire topping lift, might consider replacing with a single braid exotic line of the same diameter as the wire. No problems with chafe on the leach with line instead of wire.
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Re: Question: Topping lift for boom

What year? Mine is an '85 and the topping lift is wire attached to the top of the mast but then has a 20-25' section of line the turns through a block at the aft end of the boom and cleats mid-way forward on the port side of the boom. Once the main it up, I ease the topping lift enough to let the sail take the weight but keep the wire from chafing the leech. Before the sail comes down, l take up on the lift to support the boom.


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Re: Question: Topping lift for boom

Lots of different ways to rig the TL.. some here:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=toppi...w=1920&bih=925

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Don't know about where to secure the detached topping lift on your boat. I've always solved the problem by not detaching it. Slack it off so that it's just loose with the main sheeted in hard and all has been fine. If it's a wire topping lift, might consider replacing with a single braid exotic line of the same diameter as the wire. No problems with chafe on the leach with line instead of wire.
Thanks! It's a wire topping lift, but it's coated in plastic to reduce chafing. Interesting idea about replacing it with a single braid exotic line to reduce chafing. Any idea which will reduce chafing more: the line or the plastic coated wire?
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What year? Mine is an '85 and the topping lift is wire attached to the top of the mast but then has a 20-25' section of line the turns through a block at the aft end of the boom and cleats mid-way forward on the port side of the boom. Once the main it up, I ease the topping lift enough to let the sail take the weight but keep the wire from chafing the leech. Before the sail comes down, l take up on the lift to support the boom.
She's a 1977. The topping lift is plastic-coated wire. The lower end of the topping lift is attached to the aft end of the boom with a quick-release shackle.
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Thanks! It's a wire topping lift, but it's coated in plastic to reduce chafing. Interesting idea about replacing it with a single braid exotic line to reduce chafing. Any idea which will reduce chafing more: the line or the plastic coated wire?
If the plastic cover is intact and in good condition, you'd probably gain little by going to a line topping lift. If it is starting to deteriorate, the line will be a big improvement with virtually no chafe issues. Two reasons, besides the softness of the line, that an exotic rope topping causes less chafe is that it doesn't flail around like wire and is often blown away from the sail because it is so light.

Dyneema single braid from Defender is cheap and splicing is supposedly very easy though I've never done it. Marine Amsteel / AS-78
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She's a 1977. The topping lift is plastic-coated wire. The lower end of the topping lift is attached to the aft end of the boom with a quick-release shackle.


Could you stow it on the backstay with a small tied on loop?


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Could you stow it on the backstay with a small tied on loop?
I'll have to take a look. The backstay is adjustable, so I'm not sure if there would be an appropriate point at which to attach the topping lift.
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Re: Question: Topping lift for boom

The topping lift is just to lift the boom off your top-ping,. It serves no other purpose that I'm aware so any line of sufficient strength would do. Originally mine went through the end of the boom and exited out the side and was cleated off there. I changed that so now it is attached to the end of the boom, and is adjusted from the cockpit. When sailing, I loosen it some, enough so it won't affect sail shape. If you don't loosen it, you'll be frustrated until you figure it out or until your boom snaps while you're cranking on the main sheet swearing at the sail for not trimming properly. But, do you have a vang? We had a boom kicker and a vang on our 25 footer. Got rid of the topping lift completely. Worked well.
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