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Preventing the topping-lift from chafing the leach of the mainsail



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What is the issue?
When the mainsail is raised the topping lift should be relaxed but not so much slack that the boom could fall upon the dodger. While sailing, you generally don't want it under tension as it will put too much twist in the main. The problem with this is the loose line then flops about and tends to rub and chafe the mainsail. Over time cafes threads on edge of the leach generally leading to a dirty fayed look.

Why address this?
Mainsails are very expensive and minimising any harm that will lead to a longer service life is highly desirable. Although the topping lift does not cause any particular wear when flopping around it is untidy and unkempt.

How to address this?
Whip in a section of heavy shock cord into the topping lift as presented. The shock cord then takes up the slack when the topping lift is relaxed keeping it taught enough so that it does not slap the sail.

Using shock-cord to keep the lazy topping-lift off the mainsail
Photo: Michael Harpur


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With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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