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Re: Is a Vang Really Useful on a mid to Large Boat?

Originally Posted by Sabreman View Post
I have a vang that I hate and consider virtually worthless. I'm considering removing it and am looking for opinions. I get that on a smaller boat, the vang is very useful to shape the main as the wind increases. But on the configuration shown below with the mid-boom sheeting, I wonder if it is of any use. Upwind, no matter how much tension I put on it (as shown: 4:1, now rigged as 8:1), there is no change.
Absolutely needed (for your configuration, which is close to mine).

As soon as you ease off below a close reach, the vang is going to control the leach tension. On the wind, the leach tension is the mainsheet's job.
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