Topping lift set up

Jun 19, 2021
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Newport 17 Cherry Hill
Trying to set up a topping lift for my newport 17, just curious how I should go about it.

Run an exact length from boom to top of mast? Or use a pulley for being able to lift it up a little higher when beached?
 

ebsail

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Nov 28, 2010
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O day 25 Nyack. New York
Trying to set up a topping lift for my newport 17, just curious how I should go about it.

Run an exact length from boom to top of mast? Or use a pulley for being able to lift it up a little higher when beached?
 

ebsail

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Nov 28, 2010
241
O day 25 Nyack. New York
use a pulley and a cleat on the boom. should be able to adjust so sail holds up boom when sailing and out of the way when docked
 
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May 17, 2004
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Other Catalina 30 Tucson, AZ
Could you attach a short line to your backstays and just attach it to the end of the boom? Your boom is not that heavy or long so it seems like a lot of work to go thru when a short line will work -- I used that set up on my C30. I didn't like a long line from the top of the mast flapping in the breeze - it upset my Karma!!
 

Joe

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Jun 1, 2004
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Catalina 27 Mission Bay, San Diego
Could you attach a short line to your backstays and just attach it to the end of the boom?
Of course, the device now becomes a "pigtail".... no longer a topping lift. Only used for storing boom... never when sailing.
 
Feb 5, 2009
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Gloucester 20 Kanawha River, Winfield, WV
Trying to set up a topping lift for my newport 17, just curious how I should go about it.
Run an exact length from boom to top of mast? Or use a pulley for being able to lift it up a little higher when beached?
When I got my Gloucester 20 (also a Harry Sindle design) it had the former. After a while I replaced it with the latter. It's kind of handy sometimes to be able to raise the boom up out of the way when not sailing. Of course I could do that with the fixed line by wrapping it around the boom a few times. I ease my new topping lift and leave it attached when sailing (flapping in the breeze notwithstanding, Don), whereas the old one had to be detached from the boom to sail.