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Snapped topping lift after hard jibe

Howdy folks! So I was out enjoying some awesome wind yesterday and did close to four hours of sailing on the Tennessee River. Anyway right before I went in I did a really hard jibe and it snapped the topping lift (small line that holds up the boom when the sail is not connected).

I've got a picture of the pulley here:

And then the snapped end which here is just tied to the main sheet to keep it from getting tangled:

Somehow I can't connect it to the pulley at the end of the boom now because it is not long enough anymore. Anyway I wanted to get suggestions on replacing it, if I should use any special kind of rope, and any thoughts on keeping it from snapping in the future (did I have it too tight potentially?)

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Re: Snapped topping lift after hard jibe

It probably was too tight, if it goes tight any time the sail is up in normal sailing it could break. Your main sheet is stronger and so is the sail for that matter. The exception would be to lift the boom on light days going down wind. The other end should be on the mast on a cleat so find the other end of the line and weigh your options. Always leave it longer than the Main sail leech or slack it when sailing.

I have sailed Boats with the cable to the back stay like yours and we would hook it up and drop never a real need for a topper something to consider anyway.
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That's probably a wire rope halyard. I assume you have an end that is rope that comes out the mast? You can stitch on a line that is of similar size or smaller than the part that comes out the mast and then pull it through from the wire end to remove, leaving the "messenger" line through the mast and sheaves. Either replace the rope/wire line with something bought at a chandlery or take the existing wire/rope to West Marine and crimp on a new wire end in their rigging department. Be sure to use a thimble for the loop at the end. Then replace.
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Re: Snapped topping lift after hard jibe

@albrazzi do you see any reason not to just tie up the toping lift and use that cable from the back stay?

@Gladrags1 actually it was just the small rope bit at the end that snapped, the whole wire section is still good.
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Re: Snapped topping lift after hard jibe

likely the line was old and chafed at the wire rope. the advantage of the toping lift over the pigtail on the backstay is that the boom can be held up at any point of sail. you can reef or drop the main at any point of sail. with the pig tail on the backstay you must be head to wind to connect the pigtail and if boat is turned it can put a big load on the backstay and even break things. The line can be replaced with any good yacht rope and most important would be a rope that is uv resistant

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