Originally Posted by scosch
Im trying to sneak up on all the equipment I need to avoid making mistakes, and moving the vang to the rail when necessary seemed a good start.
scosch~ I would recommend not doing this. I used my vang as a preventer for a while and, looking back on it, feel lucky I escaped unscathed. I was fortunate enough to meet someone who broke the same boom I use by doing just what I was doing (what you are planning to do). You can rig a simple line from the end of your boom to your bow or a boom brake, whichever you like, for a lot less than a broken boom, not to mention what else might break if your boom lets go.