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Rigid Vangs - Spring Loaded vs. Hydraulic
I’m looking for opinions and comments respecting the advantages and disadvantages of a spring-loaded rigid vang versus a hydraulic vang with a remote pump in the cockpit that also works the backstay. The issue arises because I am considering acquiring a “project” boat that has a hydraulic system. The deck of the boat needs to be redone, which presents the opportunity to update equipment including, if prudent, removing the hydraulic control panel, etc. On my last boat, a 36 footer, I installed a Hall QuikVang which was an excellent piece of equipment. The boat that I am considering is a 40 footer that was built (in 1979) to race but which would now be cruised short handed. Having never sailed with a hydraulic system, I would like to know whether these systems are reliable and how their functionality compares with a spring-loaded vang. Many thanks.