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As a quick suggestion, why not just take the vang off? IMHO, the vang doesn't do that much anyway.
IMO you couldn't be more wrong. In fact: The longer I sail, particularly the more I race, the more important I find the lowly boom vang.

We used it yesterday, racing, on all points-of-sail, when the air was light and the water a bit bouncy, to keep the boom down. Naturally it didn't have much effect when we were hard on the wind, but neither did it hurt.

(Tho, next time, I really need to remember to ease the durned thing before trimming the main halyard. I'm lucky I didn't break something.)

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Yeah, I'm a newbie and I can't see how else I can control sail twist, especially downwind. I'll be keeping the vang!

Mind, I saw a boat that had no vang and no traveller, just a split mainsheet running to either side of the boom. Even then I couldn't see how the dude could control sail twist with that setup.
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To clarify, I am not suggesting that you take the vang off and discard it. I am suggesting that if you feel the attachment point on the mast is damaged, and you are worried about breaking something, that you can remove the vang and keep sailing until you can properly mount it

I did write that the vang doesn't do that much, and I continue to believe that. Perhaps if you are racing the vang is more important than just casual sailing, but even racing I don't think it does that much. On my boat (non racing) I have used the vang maybe 2 or 3 times in the three years I have owned by boat. Maybe it's just me, but I just don't find the vang all that useful. Upwind it doesn't do anything. Downwind it can be useful, but for some reason I just don't sail downwind all that often. On a reach I find my self using the traveler a lot more than the vang.

AFAIK, the main sheet is used to control sail twist for all points of sail except a run. And on a run a little more twist isn't going to really effect speed anyway.

I'll try to play with my vang some more, but I don't expect to see dramatic changes.


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The main sheet is used to control twist until your boom is past the end of the traveler and then you must use the vang.
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That vang plate looks more like it was forced up against something. I can't picture the load that would bend one corner without affecting another. You probably will have the same problem singlehanding that vang that I do. Namely the cam cleat on the mast block. The way they are set, you can only increase your vang tension, not release. I will be swapping the blocks on mine. It means one more line hanging above the companionway but at least they are all in the same place.

Spreading the loads on the mast plate would be a good idea even if it is just for aesthetics. Gotta remember your feng shui in your rigging.

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