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Re: Is a Vang Really Useful on a mid to Large Boat?

I think that we're done with this thread. No sniping, gentlemen. Lots of boats in the sea and lots of ways to sail them. Let's leave it at that.

Thank you for the early replies that were on topic. They were concise and technical and contributed to a decision on my part. I appreciate it.
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Re: Is a Vang Really Useful on a mid to Large Boat?

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I take it back. There may have been one time. I had a racer on board one time, and he pretty much spent the entire week he was on board with me, continuously pulling and adjusting ever single line on the boat, and then saying something like, "See, that increased our speed by a tenth of a knot."
I fiddle with the sails. It isn't unusual for me to squeeze half a knot more out of the boat when I come on watch.

Crossing the Atlantic, if I can fill a watch bill with people like me we'll save 4 days on the crossing. Even if you are correct about increasing speed by a tenth of a knot you'll still save a day. It adds up. Sail fast.
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Re: Is a Vang Really Useful on a mid to Large Boat?

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I fiddle with the sails. It isn't unusual for me to squeeze half a knot more out of the boat when I come on watch.

Crossing the Atlantic, if I can fill a watch bill with people like me we'll save 4 days on the crossing. Even if you are correct about increasing speed by a tenth of a knot you'll still save a day. It adds up. Sail fast.
Agreed. I call it sailing efficiently.

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Re: Is a Vang Really Useful on a mid to Large Boat?

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I have a vang that I hate and consider virtually worthless. I'm considering removing it and am looking for opinions. I get that on a smaller boat, the vang is very useful to shape the main as the wind increases. But on the configuration shown below with the mid-boom sheeting, I wonder if it is of any use. Upwind, no matter how much tension I put on it (as shown: 4:1, now rigged as 8:1), there is no change.
Absolutely needed (for your configuration, which is close to mine).

As soon as you ease off below a close reach, the vang is going to control the leach tension. On the wind, the leach tension is the mainsheet's job.
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