We don't have a topping lift on our CP19. We do, however, have lazy jacks. I know that when sailing the main sail should be supporting the boom. The problem that we're having is that even with the main sheet all the way up (at least we think it's all the way up), the boom is not level. In fact, it seems to angle downwards towards the stern which puts the boom squarely at head height or even lower particularly when I tighten the mainsheet. And that makes me nervous since it's in the way and someone could easily get hit. I would much prefer the boom higher out of the cockpit when sailing.
So I guess my question is - should the boom be level or even raked slightly upwards when the sail is fully up? Should I tighten the lazy jacks to keep the boom at least level or does that mess up sail trim? Would installing a topping lift ensure that the end of the boom is at least always at a level height? It almost seems like the sail is a bit too long and thus not pulling the boom fully upwards when it's raised.
Appreciate any guidance!