Dalia just got her first suit of topsails, and we love them! Amazing how so little canvas, hung up there on the topmasts where the wind blows, can add speed.
The only irritant is the gaff topsail sheet. When we drop the main it drops slack over the deck and cockpit, merrily swinging with the main boom, trying its best to snag the wheel and bimini top and to lasso the heads of helmsperson and any unwary guests. The hauling part is fine since it leads inside the lazylifts, but the part that ties to the topsail clew has to be led outside everything, free to drop on deck... Has anyone ever seen a solution to this (other than having someone bring it in by hand as the gaff drops - we commonly go out short-handed)