Without a topping lift
With a topping lift
Today I fitted a topping lift. This simple rope contraption makes it easier to shorten or increase sail, because the boom can be supported by it, facilitating its rotation. Without a topping lift it is difficult to keep the sail from coming into contact with the side deck or coachroof. The topping lift can also support the furled sail, which can be secured to one side for keeping the hatchway clear. This is particularly helpful if mooring to port, because normally the sail is stowed along the port side deck, where it is in the way.