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Old 12-12-2020, 18:39   #1
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How long should the topping lift be?

What length, thickness, and material should the topping lift be on a 2013 FP Lipari 41?

I recently bought this boat and moved it to Florida from Baltimore. During my voyage, one night in the Atlantic, I reefed the mainsail and didn't realize that I had it set in a way that caused the topping lift to chafe. I ended up leaving the boat at a marina in FL but failed to take note of the length of the boom so as to calculate the hypotenuse of the triangle (A squared X B squared = C squared) and then the extra distance needed to lead to the helm.

If you don't know the length the line should be, perhaps you can measure and share the length of the boom? Also, what diameter line and what is the recommended material?

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Re: How long should the topping lift be?

I do not know the particulars of your boat as far as size of line and path of line...but here is a picture from the interwebs with some rough dimensions. You may want more so you can lower the boom more than its intended sailing position.
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Great find. This is a good start. Thank you!
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Re: How long should the topping lift be?

You are welcome David, and welcome to CF!
I found the elevation at https://www.sailmagazine.com/boats/fountaine-pajot-lipari-41 and added the dimensions after setting the size of the picture to match the listed LOA of the boat.
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Re: How long should the topping lift be?

The owners manual calls for 10mm x 31m for the Lipari topping lift. I would add at least 8m to this if you like to fly your flag at the proper height.

I didnít do this and have to attach a messenger when replacing our flag.

This and more good information can be found on the Fountaine Pajot Owners Group on FaceBook.

Congrats on your Lipari. We love ours❤️

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Wow! That's awesome! I suppose the drawing is to scale, so if you know the LOA, you can use AutoCAD or a similar program to measure the other dimensions. Very clever. Thanks again!
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Thank you, Mark! This has been a terrific welcome to Cruiser's Forum. I'll also go check out the Lipari FB group.
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Re: How long should the topping lift be?

I like being able to lower the boom almost to the deck so that it can be secured to a padeye or the rail in the event of truly severe winds.
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Re: How long should the topping lift be?

It shouldnít be necessary to lower the boom to deck level to secure it. A line could be run from that deck pad eye to any number of places on the boom, depending on dodger, traveler, boom vang, bimini, etc. to equally and safely secure the boom.
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It shouldnít be necessary to lower the boom to deck level to secure it. A line could be run from that deck pad eye to any number of places on the boom, depending on dodger, traveler, boom vang, bimini, etc. to equally and safely secure the boom.
Yes, the boom can be secured in a variety of ways. Having been there a number of times, it is still my opinion that securing the aft end of the boom low and close to the deck is preferred in a storm situation.
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