Re: boom crutch vs. topping lift
I liked the single oak plank boom crutch I had on my catboat. It was off center, had a partner on the coaming and a step in the floorboard. Super secure. Off center the boom was not in the way of going in and out of the cabin especially with a complementary off center hatch. And off center gave me the spot to which to bowse the boom down when reefing. Stowing it was simple, length was just right to fit along the centerboard trunk lying flat.
Ran Tan, Liten Kuhling, Vernon Langille, Josef W., Merry Mouth, Imp, Macavity and a quiver of unamed 'yaks.
"Bound fast is boatless man."