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Yes to clew strap -- have a look at the way the Laser is rigged; like the Topper it is a tube around the mast, but with a loose foot.

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Got a bit windy here but still managed to get it rigged and tried a couple of things.
Furling the sail is a no-no with this setup as the sail has 'rigid' parts in it that do not wrap around the mast, was only able to wrap it twice around before we encountered the stiffer bits..

The boom will hinge up, but only to a point where there is a 95cm gap at the top between boom and mast. Any more will stress the gooseneck pin and possibly break it off.. Can imagine that even in a light wind the boat would rock a lot if the boom is lifted like that..

Soooo... Back to square one.. Starting to think that a different sail may be the answer with a halyard to raise and lower it. Keep throwing the suggestions at me please, feel I am on the vertical part of the learning curve with all this..

Tried to search for a clew strap, they seem to vary between a velcro strap and an elaborate stainless piece of kit, so still not sure what it is..

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Eisvogel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 19 at 8:33am
Originally posted by fasteddy

Tried to search for a clew strap, they seem to vary between a velcro strap and an elaborate stainless piece of kit, so still not sure what it is..

Go for the velcro one, no need to spend a lot of money on it.
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Or just use a bit of rope  Thumbs Up 

WRT furling, you could simply take the battens out (they will almost certainly be removable) and while the sail will not look as nice or work as efficiently it will still work well enough while you are learning to sail the boat.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote fasteddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 19 at 9:44pm
Thank you all so much..!!
Finally got it all sorted.. Took the battens out (doffing my cap to Sam Spoons) and they may well have fallen out on their own soon enough as the stitching that held them in was on its way out..

With the battens out (2 of them, 60cm long, looks like ally coated in fibre glass?) the sail wrapped around the mast a treat. Fully furled the sail is tight to the mast with the bonus of being able to shorten the sail if the wind gets a little brisk, not exactly the Bahamas here..

Very grateful to all that pitched in to help us with this one, we feel much safer and more in control now. Going to take her out for a spin in the morning in the Dornoch Firth, stunning scenery, dolphins and ospreys, fishing for our supper and enjoying our new past-time..! 
Oh, and will take your advice and add a clew strap..

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