I usually agree with cheechaco, but on this I must have a difference of opinion(isnt CF all opinions?). As weather
increases, and you reduce sail until you are down to a storm trysail, you will have the boom connected by just the main sheet and the topping lift
. As the motion gets worse, you tighten up the main sheet to keep the boom from swinging from side to side. Typically the topping lift is not as strong as the main halyard
, so when you tighten the main sheet, you are putting large strain on a less than strong wire. If you are at the helm
and the topping lift fails, you have a good chance of your head
looking like a watermelon that has been dropped on a sidewalk. I happen to think of a gallows as a good safety
feature, and also makes tying in reef points much safer. In harbor, being able to put the boom into a nice secure notch away from the side you board on is a comfortable addition. Just my opinion. _____Grant.