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Re: Rigging boom vang and whisker pole
Whisker pole is usually fixed to a ring on the front of the mast, with the other end going through the clew cringle of the foresail.
You could use a vang as a preventer downwind, unclip from the base of the mast and clip it onto the toerail/gunwale. It's not really ideal as the forces are in the middle of the boom, normally you'd run a preventer from the end of the boom, all the way forward, but it would likely be fine in lighter air. I used to do this on my old boat and it worked fine. Dead downwind is pretty slow though, if you want to do that you'd be better off getting a symmetrical spinnaker. You'd likely be faster doing a series of broad reaches.
Oh and re the port/starboard for the main, you need to be able to run both, a few degrees either way and you are by the lee and would want to gybe anyway.
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Last edited by PaulinVictoria; 03-01-2014 at 01:58 AM.