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Re: Is a Vang Really Useful on a mid to Large Boat?
I am with Rich, Jeff, Bob, Jon and Ron.
Me too. You don't have to come from solely a racing background to like vangs, especially at jibe time.
And on a dead run without one, you'll have the boom cocked up and the top of the main on an angle that would like to be on a broad reach on the opposite tack. And it will try to get you there, too. Let your attention wander and get a little by the lee, and that little "topsail" will start heeling you to windward, toward what we in dinghies used to call the "death roll" or the "burnout". And that heel to windward will immerse your port side more, and move your Center of Effort to the "wrong" side of the Center of lateral resistance. Presto! you've now got a much bigger case of lee helm you may not be able to cure, and crew (if not clicked in) losing their grip and tumbling to leeward, and a crash jibe at about the same time.