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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.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)