Topping Lift

  • February 20, 2012 10:12 PM
    Message # 831022
    I want to do away with my topping lift and replace it with a vang/boom kicker sort of thing.  anyone have any advice or recommendations?

    Terry Shoup
    Last modified: February 20, 2012 10:13 PM | Anonymous
  • February 21, 2012 2:57 PM
    Reply # 831804 on 831022
    Terry, I would recommend using a Garhauer rigid boom vang.  Contact me for pictures of the installation.
  • February 21, 2012 5:55 PM
    Reply # 831948 on 831022
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The rigid vang that Bud sells is working great on Pygmalion, I plan on removing the topping lift next time someone is up the mast.

    Last modified: February 21, 2012 5:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • February 22, 2012 11:37 AM
    Reply # 832695 on 831022
    Deleted user
    A rigid vang may work quite well but a block and tackle type vang will definitely not.  My main traveller is on the cabin top so I have no need for a vang.  However, the topping lift for me is essential for keeping all loads off the main while hoisting; otherwise, sail stretch and eventual loss of shape (or worse).  The amount of tension in the sail when hoisting without a topping lift is indicated by the huge additional effort to raise those last 6 inches to the top of the mast!
  • February 23, 2012 11:14 AM
    Reply # 833669 on 831022
    Deleted user
    I agree with Ralph. The vang was one thing we got rid of right away.  As cruisers we found it to be an a nuisance. We have the traveler mounted in front of the dodger so it is not needed except for off wind work and for that we use a preventer. We also have center hatch and store the dingy on top which it also hindered.

    But for day sailors and weekenders I can see the convenience of a rigid vang.

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