Capri 25 Topping Lift Jam Cleat Adjustment
Category: Capri 25 topping lift, cam cleat, boom, sailboat
Problem: As I recall, the topping lift length was fixed and had a clip on the end to hold it to the end of the boom or disconnect it from the boom. I wanted it to be easily adjustable so the boom could be higher when I was walking around in the cockpit, not sailing.
Action: I attached a small block up higher on the top of the lift and ran a line from the boom through the base of the jam cleat, then I went through the block and back down through the jam cleat. That way I not only achieved a mechanical advantage using the pulley, but I could adjust the boom quickly to any height I required, or easily disconnect the topping lift from the boom.
Result: It works great!
When idea was conceived: 12/31/2010
How much time it took to develop: 1 hour
How much money it took to develop: $20.00
Current status: In use.
Since it was originally done: To keep the topping lift line from accidentally coming disengaged I have done two additional things. The first is to place a slip knot in the line so it will not go up through the cleat. The second is to place a small carabiner through the slip knot loop to keep it from unintentionally being pulled out. Having the topping lift engaged but loose is an additional safety factor should the main halyard break or the sail needs to be quickly lowered. In those instances the boom is supported.