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hard vang means no topping lift?

In someways not being able to use a vang as a preventer is a good thing. A preventer should be a little stretchy (in case you dip a boom or death roll) and should be releasable quickly and reliably from the cockpit and should allow the boom to move fully across the boat under control. When you use a boom vang as a preventer, there usually is too much friction for a quick and controlable release and rarely is there enough line to be able to allow the boom to fully cross the boat.

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hard vang means no topping lift?

um.. I thought that a preventer was something to stop the main from Jibeing. (sp?) Am I wrong? if not, how on earth does a vang do that?

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hard vang means no topping lift?

On a lot of boats, the lower block in the vang is attached to the mast with a snap shackle that can then be moved to the toerail or ringbolt near the rail to be used as a preventer. Its a bad idea but its done all of the time.

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hard vang means no topping lift?

I know it''s a bad idea if it''s rough enough for the boom to dip into a wave....are there some other reasons I should know about?

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hard vang means no topping lift?

Please disregard the above...for some reason I did''t see some of the dialog before I asked the question.

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