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Old 01-30-2014
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Re: Is a Vang Really Useful on a mid to Large Boat?

You'll have to help me understand what you describe.
I rig a preventer from the forward-most bail on the boom to a point on our inboard genoa track. The arrangement is similar to what is shown in the first photo in the following link. I don't like the angle in the photo because there isn't much down pull - I'd move the preventer aft to the first mainsheet block and attach the bottom to the outboard genoa track, further aft. That would make the angle more vertical with more down pull.
Avoid Boom Doom: Rigging a Preventer or Boom Brake | Cruising Compass ? The Free Weekly Newsletter for Sailors & Cruisers ? ©2013 Blue Water Sailing

Can you get a better photo? Email it to me and I'll take a closer look.
I don't have a great picture, but this one shows the crummy vang angle.
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