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you should always play around with the topping lift after setting the main...if you want it out of the way and not on the boom do so at the mast, but it can slap around so use the best method there to fasten it.

the topping lift is for some reason a thing of the past.these days..old timers and cruisers usually rig them up as a spare halyard...you can also rig it with a nice heavy duty block and use it as a mast climber

under way you can also induce bend in the boom with use of the vang to alter sail shape

and last but not least if rigged well its a nice dinghy lifter or hauler of things...with a simple block and tackle arrangement or solo.

if it rubs let it loose thats yor cheapest solution...
 

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aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh i was assuming you could adjust it...my bad...

on boats where the boom and sail have significant weight usually there is a small block and cleat on the mast to adjust with.

I see your issue now.

ps. is there a tang or fitting where you "could" attach a block to and add a proper topping lift?
 
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