Re: Back stay boom supporter broke - now what?
I somewhat agree with Alex that those backstay pigtails don't do a whole lot except add add stress and strain on your backstay. The reality is that you can't even use them effectively when you are reefing. I would suggest that a rigid vang is an unnecessary expense. On small boats, the boom is often stored by being hung from the main halyard once the sail is dropped which does double duty in keeping the main halyard from beating up the mast. If yoy feel that you want a permanent topping lift, which does make reefing much easier, you should be able to get by rigging one with 1/4" or 5/16" double braid dacron with a thimble tied in to make a small tackle. That should be way cheaper than the dynema and block (which is a lovely way to go if performance is important) and all that you should need.
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