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...but it has worked fine for me.

It never lets the boom get away from you, and yes, when you alter the mainsail sheet, you have to adjust it again, and when you throw a tack or a gybe you have to walk it over to the other side. I could run two of them I suppose, but they might get a bit clumsy.

I would not be without it for a moment, it did not cost much, and it got me home to Scotland from Houston.

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I have a cape dory typhoon.I would like to install a vang.I feel that there is only 1 foot from the cabin top to the boom.How far back on the boom and how much lower can i go from the boom.
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I'd recommend a Dutchman boom brake rather than a preventer. I believe a boom brake makes for a safer installation overall.
The Dutchman boom brakes are sized according to the area of the sail.
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Congrats... if you need a hand with it...give me a shout.

BTW, there's a good article in this month's Blue Water Sailing about installing and setting up a preventer...but I still recommend a boom brake instead.
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Christyleigh-Congrats... if you need a hand with it...give me a shout.
BTW, there's a good article in this month's Blue Water Sailing about installing and setting up a preventer...but I still recommend a boom brake instead.
Actually this is my second one. A few boats ago I installed one on my Nimble Arctic 25 Pilothouse. It didn't come with a Vang so the Boom Brake served a dual purpose. Not quite as effectual as a dedicated Vang but it did help a lot to keep the boom down on runs.
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Basic question from a learner.
Is there any reason that I cant use one block and tackle to serve as both a vang and preventer and just move the bottom block from the mast to the rail when needed? (I have mid boom sheeting)
The preventer would need more line which is messy but I dont lead them back to cockpit.
Similar enough ratios?
Why not?
Anybody see the latest "Good Old Boat" magazine article that argues that this kind of setup (actuall a double prevang) is safer and easier to use. It is a good article that makes some interesting points.
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Using the vang attached to the toe rail on my boat allowed for a much more stable downwind wing-on-wing arrangement. Of course conditions always dictate sailset (rolling heavily can be perilous), and I used it generally in lighter winds with the "150" set opposite.
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