Re: Introducing 'Erica'... and a few questions...
When the topsail isn't set there are only two lines leading aloft as vestige that it's used at all and one of those, the sheet, can be unrove completely when the gaff is lowered. When I want to use it I can. Every account I've read of topsails is that whenever its able to be set it gets set and the sailing gets better.
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