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9/28/2018 at 12:50:48 AM GMT
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role and function of the topping lift
Being new to the sailing of catboats, I have not yet figured out the role of the topping lift other than the lifting up of the far end of the boom high enough such that no one has a head injury.  I presume that there are more intricacies than that.  Any details would be much appreciated!

10/3/2018 at 5:31:01 PM GMT
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I use the topping lift to arise the aft end of the boom so I can remove the boom crutch prior to hoisting the main, then slack it off so it doesn't affect the shape of the sail. On a small daysailer equipped with lazy jacks you might be able to dispense with it completely.

10/8/2018 at 12:14:10 PM GMT
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Catboat and How to sail her, CBA bookstore.
Reefing, take tension off leach, easier to tighten outhaul .
Downwind in rolling waves, raise boom to keep it from tripping in waves.
Scandalizing, to shorten sail in a hurry by easing peak, top up to keep boom up.

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