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Rigging change?

If you look at the two attached photos, you can see the original mainsheet setup in the drawing, and the way the PO had modified it by adding a boom vang.

Should I revert to the original rigging plan, or leave the boom vang in place. I ask because I figure there must be a reason the Capital people designed it that way -- unless it was just a cost issue.

What do you all think?

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The lead on the mainsheet down to the cabin top on the modified rig does set up a less than desirable line of strain versus running it under the boom forward to the mast. Given the purchase though, it's probably tolerable. Of more concern might be that the hauling part of that purchase will now be creating a spider's web of line on a reach or run, and a low obstruction to leeward.

One presumes it was done to prevent chafing against the attachment point of the rigid vang. I'd be inclined to build a bail or forked attachment point for the vang on the boom and return the main sheet reeving to original.
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sorry i had to laugh at the pic, my boat was exactly where yours is when i bought it. as for the set up, you could also put a cam cleat on the travler and take the sheet straight to the cockpit instead of to the mast first
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The lead on the mainsheet doesn't go to the cabin top, but to a block on the mast just under the boom vang lead. I've highlighted them in the attached photo. The boom vang isn't just a block, but a block with an attached cam cleat. It's exactly like the ones I've seen for the mainsheet on a J22, though it's rigged so that the cam cleat doesn't engage, and instead the line comes to the cabin top clam cleat.
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Should I revert to the original rigging plan, or leave the boom vang in place. ?
Definitely leave the boom vang in place. A vang was likely originally an extra-cost option from the factory.

The vang is a very important bit of rigging, from sail control and safety points of view. Even a fixed strop to prevent excessive boom lift is better than nothing. The lead of your mainsheet parallel to the vang doesn't provide any "vang' function when the sheet is eased out for off the wind sailing.

btw - your vang would be more efficient if you moved the attachment point on the mast lower closer to the deck. - the line leading "aft" won't represent such a tripping hazard either.

Whatever you decide you need to do to the mainsheet, if anything, don't remove the vang!
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I'd leave the boom vang in place, as it is a good thing to have, especially when sailing in heavier winds.

Why not upgrade the block on the traveler to a triple with a cam cleat and becket... that would allow you to sheet it right at the traveler....and require only replacing a single block.
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I'd leave the boom vang in place, as it is a good thing to have, especially when sailing in heavier winds.

Why not upgrade the block on the traveler to a triple with a cam cleat and becket... that would allow you to sheet it right at the traveler....and require only replacing a single block.
I like that idea the most so far. It would make single handing a lot easier too. I could use the cleat I'm now using for the main with the vang, which would increase the simplicity even more.

Thanks for the tips!
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Looking at the drawing and the boat in the photo, your images do not seem to depict the same vessel. Different rudder, different keel, different coachroof. Different rig??
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Could be from an earlier or later incarnation of the same boat... a mk II or something like that.
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Looking at the drawing and the boat in the photo, your images do not seem to depict the same vessel. Different rudder, different keel, different coachroof. Different rig??
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