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post #26 of Old 05-17-2012
puddinlegs
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Re: Rigid Boom Vang

Mechanical advantage is good. A 35 foot boat has much large loads than a 31 ft boat. Yes, a vang can break a boom. This usually happens in a hard round down and accidental gybe. Also if the boat is healed and or rolling and you stick the end of the boom in the water you break things. All that said, I wouldn't own any boat without a well functioning vang, and on almost anything over 30', a rigid vang. When you get yours installed, have a friend who's an experienced main trimmer go out with you and show you what it does to/for sail shape. On our boat, it's critical in certain wind ranges even sailing close hauled to the tune of about a knot of boat speed.
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