Originally Posted by Cheechako
If you don't have a topping lift
, when you release the halyard
to the preset, the boom goes down on the dodger
or someone's head!
Not so if you have a rigid vang of some sort (as we do). That device keeps the boom up to its normal storage
height. BUT, it does not keep it up to the angle that it will require when reefed, usually a bit higher than when sailing without a reef... and that is what I was wanting a topping lift
We have gotten along without one for 13 years and lots of miles in this boat, but every time I am cranking away on the outhaul winch
, trying to bring th boom up to the clew of the reef point, i wish there was one!