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Old 04-07-2019, 18:31   #1
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Topping lift strength

Hello,

Thanks to this forum we've learnt so much. But there is still so much more that we could learn for everyone here. We're new to our L400s2, have just taken delivery for her for a couple of months.

The topping line is due for replacement. Was wondering if the L400s2 owners here could tell me the length and breaking strength we needed to get from our local marine store?

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Old 04-07-2019, 23:10   #2
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Re: Topping lift strength

No details with me at the moment (away from the boat) however I believe you may find the specs in the boat's manual. You may go down 1 or 2 mm if you change from polyester to dyneema, just ensure the clutch is suitable for the thinner line.
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Re: Topping lift strength

Lagoon 400 S2 manual calls for 40 meters of 12 mm rope. Given the role it plays as part of the backstay go for good quality...
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Lagoon 400 S2 manual calls for 40 meters of 12 mm rope. Given the role it plays as part of the backstay go for good quality...
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Would i need to get more then 40m? Does the 40m include some slack after the clutch?
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No details with me at the moment (away from the boat) however I believe you may find the specs in the boat's manual. You may go down 1 or 2 mm if you change from polyester to dyneema, just ensure the clutch is suitable for the thinner line.
Thanks, the owner manual didn't specify the breaking strength. Was concern if we're getting the right one..what are u using now?
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Re: Topping lift strength

Does it get used for anything else? we also use our topping lift to climb the mast so whilst we could use something thin a cheap, I prefer a nice piece of double brand and replace regularly.

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Re: Topping lift strength

I prefer to rig topping lifts w the same line type/size as the main halyard. This gives you a backup main halyard (though w/out the 2:1) and another halyard to use for going aloft or other tasks.

Especially if long offshore runs are in your future plans then spare halyards are good. Also rig both spinnaker halyards if you have mast head sheaves for them.
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I prefer to rig topping lifts w the same line type/size as the main halyard. This gives you a backup main halyard (though w/out the 2:1) and another halyard to use for going aloft or other tasks.
Have done the same for years now for basically the same reasons.
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Would i need to get more then 40m? Does the 40m include some slack after the clutch?
No need to get more. Enough free line after clutch.
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On L400, it is the most convenient line for going up.
There are only two lines exiting aft and the other is the main halyard that is not easy to use for climbing being set in 1:2 setup.
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Thanks, the owner manual didn't specify the breaking strength. Was concern if we're getting the right one..what are u using now?
I replaced the standard 12mm polyester with 10mm line that had dyneema core with polyester cover (for the hand feel).
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Re: Topping lift strength

That is roughly 20k lbs of breaking strength if 12 ply . I second that choice, and for all the reasons.

Same situation on my 380. How is it held to the mast, is it a shackle or a pin.
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