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Solid boom vangs

How important is having a solid boom vang vs. the old block and line vang, on a 37' cruising boat
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A solid vang can support the boom so you don't need a topping lift. You then hook your halyard to the end of the boom when not using the main. A boomkicker can also do this and is another option.

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On that size boat I'd say a solid vang is very worthwhile.. Gerhauer seems the best deal on these nowadays.

As Gene says, no need to have a topping lift flailing about chafing the leech of the main and interfering with the trim (when you forget to ease it).. no boom dropping into the cockpit or onto the dodger (when you forget to set it!)

For optimum control on a larger boat, hydraulics are really the ticket, but you're likely not racing and may not be able to justify the buy-in.
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The beauty of a solid vang is that when you reef the boom doesn't come down and hit you in the head.
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Even if you go with a solid vang, I wouldn't get rid of the topping lift. A good topping lift can substitute as a backup main halyard, can be used for hoisting someone aloft, etc.
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Even if you go with a solid vang, I wouldn't get rid of the topping lift. A good topping lift can substitute as a backup main halyard, can be used for hoisting someone aloft, etc.
That's true, but it needn't be flopping around along the main, it could be stowed elsewhere until needed for any of these various backup plans... I'm not sure I'd be wanting to go aloft on some of the 'topping lifts' I've seen rigged.... and still others are fixed with a small adjustment at the boom - which wouldn't serve those purposes..
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