Originally Posted by talbot
Having just learned the hard way. I can tell you the weak link is the boom vang end fittings. Keep in mind with a rigid boomvang pushing up on it, the gooseneck needs to be able to keep the boom from twisting, even when a someone is hanging off the aft end of the boom trying to furl the sail.
The Garhauer design looks pretty strong. The price includes mounting plates custom-shaped to fit the boom and mast.
I did have a swaged connection on the vang fail on my daysailer. The whole vang assembly shot up into the sky, and sank where it landed.