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post #26 of Old 03-04-2008
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Originally Posted by scosch View Post
Basic question from a learner.
Is there any reason that I cant use one block and tackle to serve as both a vang and preventer and just move the bottom block from the mast to the rail when needed? (I have mid boom sheeting)
The preventer would need more line which is messy but I dont lead them back to cockpit.
Similar enough ratios?
Why not?
Anybody see the latest "Good Old Boat" magazine article that argues that this kind of setup (actuall a double prevang) is safer and easier to use. It is a good article that makes some interesting points.

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217
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