Re: Topping lift on a Gunter rig?
You REALLY want to make them adjustable! I have a topping lift on my gaff-jaw boom and play with the adjustment all the time. It is particularly handy for dropping the sail, raising the boom and sail enough to quickly row into shore - but being adjustable is what makes that option work.
So spring for a small block and twice the length of line. You can also tighten the mainsheet to keep the boom from moving around, handy for beaching and anchoring -
"The enemies of reason have a certain blind look."
Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.