To top lift or not to top lift?


Daniel Alexander Thompson
 

Hello Amelians

When i bought the Mango (1980), the mainsail topping lift was in a fixed position. It is still currently fixed. I could run a line through the boom and shackle it off to provide boom angle movement up and down. Also, the topping lift line could very easily be brought back to a clutch and winch for tensioning/release from within the cockpit.

1. Is this something i might want to consider?
2. If i did this would I need to be cautious regarding the angle of the boom vs furling the mainsail back into the mast?
3. Any other issues?

Daniel
Oronia Mango #14


Dennis Johns
 

Hi Daniel,

Take a look at the Boomkicker (https://www.boomkicker.com/).  The Boomkicker is advertised for boats up to 38' but they are addressing specifically sloops.  I installed their set for a 38' sloop on my 46' ketch and it has worked flawlessly for 15 years (including a round the world tour).  I don't imagine the sail weight of a Mango is that much more than my Maramu.

Dennis Johns
Libertad
Maramu #121

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 7:30 AM Daniel Alexander Thompson <Thompson.Xander@...> wrote:
Hello Amelians

When i bought the Mango (1980), the mainsail topping lift was in a fixed position. It is still currently fixed. I could run a line through the boom and shackle it off to provide boom angle movement up and down. Also, the topping lift line could very easily be brought back to a clutch and winch for tensioning/release from within the cockpit.

1. Is this something i might want to consider?
2. If i did this would I need to be cautious regarding the angle of the boom vs furling the mainsail back into the mast?
3. Any other issues?

Daniel
Oronia Mango #14


Daniel Alexander Thompson
 

Thanks, Dennis. I will check it out.

Regarding the topping lift. I suppose that it is only of any use on a yacht with slab reefing. I just imagined that there may be some advantage of having a topping lift vs sail shape upwind. I suppose changing the boom angle would just mess up the inhaul outhaul angles and lead to trouble.

Best