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Do check that the boom and goose neck can handle a vang.
I think you can get just as good control with a split mainsheet setup as a traveler... but much less conveniently. It's usually easier to adjust a good traveler setup than to "tweak" the sheet, esp at the higher wind ranges, so having to adjust two mainsheets (often far apart) won't be as smooth or as accessible.
Also, more line on the cockpit floor..... On the plus side, less cost, the cockpit is clear of traveler obstruction and at anchor you can secure the boom very well with the two sheets pulling against the topping lift/halyard - much less tendency for the boom to swing in some waves and a more secure grab point too.
btw - re the Vang... a missing vang is not deal breaker, but should be way up on your list of things to do as soon as possible....
Check if other boats in the class use a vang.
In some cases, if it was designed for, the goose neck or boom can break.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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