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Initially Posted - 05/22/2022 :  15:51:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have the stock boom that came with the Capri 25 (1983) What do you all use for a topping lift configuration?

Dick OConnell

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Response Posted - 06/27/2022 :  07:37:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On my Capri 25 we have a light ~ 1/8 " line which we clip back of the boom outhaul shekel and runs thru the second shive at the top of the mast down the mast to a port exit shive, thru the line organizer and over to a light jam cleat by the port side of the companion way. Works well, always need to remember to loosen up after main is up.
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Response Posted - 06/27/2022 :  08:56:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a little heavier line. but it runs similar to Dick's until it exits the lower mast sheave (port side) then it runs up to a cleat on the port side of the mast around the level of the normal gooseneck setting.
The crew that feeds the main sail luff in the mast sail track is responsible for releasing the lift after the main is set.
It works, I've found no reason to change it.
Not sure how the factory intended this, my boat came set up like this.

Joe W Hiller Jr
1985 Capri 25
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Response Posted - 07/19/2022 :  11:47:42  Show Profile  Visit shnool's Homepage  Send shnool an AOL message  Send shnool a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
My $0.02 is to no use a top lift at all. Buy a boomkicker, and use it to support the boom while sail is down, vang to adjust. The kicker will also give you better sail shape. For the few seconds between sail down and moving the halyard to the aft end of the boom the kicker will be fine holding the boom up.

I practice what I preach, the last 4 boats I have owned I have removed my topping lift. I am even without a topping lift on my C&C 32 right now. End of every trip the halyard attaches to the end of the boom, when the sail is up, no need for the top lift, kicker and vang work together to put the boom where I want it for various light air or wind direction.

C&C 32 Smith Mountain Lake Virginia
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