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Rigid Boom Vang?

Would appreciate any opinions on rigid boomvangs. It looks like my PO rarely used a vang - and with the size/weight of my boom (Pearson 323), I can see why. However, mine is rigged, and gets some use....but, I have seen a lot of folks with rigid vangs, claiming improved sail shape, better overall performance...so what do you think? Worth the upgrade (Garhauer, probably)?

Obviously it would eliminate the topping lift - yeah, it is kinda ugly when under sail, but not a big deal - but beyond that, any thoughts?
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We have a Garhauer, installed in 2002, that has proven bullet-proof and has been worth its weight in gold, particularly when the weather gets snotty and one needs the vang to support the boom while reefing. Further, Garhauer vangs are very inexpensive compared with competitors.

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I had a rigid vang on my C36 that was adjustable from the cockpit. Loved it. I now have a rigid vang on my C400 that adjusts by twisting it (much like a turnbuckle). I like it as well particularly as I have a roller furling main.

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Would appreciate any opinions on rigid boomvangs. It looks like my PO rarely used a vang - and with the size/weight of my boom (Pearson 323), I can see why. However, mine is rigged, and gets some use....but, I have seen a lot of folks with rigid vangs, claiming improved sail shape, better overall performance...so what do you think? Worth the upgrade (Garhauer, probably)?

Obviously it would eliminate the topping lift - yeah, it is kinda ugly when under sail, but not a big deal - but beyond that, any thoughts?
I just installed a Garhauer on my boat, mainly because the boat came with one that had been ordered but not installed by the PO. For the money the Garhauers seem very well made. It appears to do what it should. Could I live without it? Yes. Is it nice to have? Yes. The boom stays up when reefing, I have good control over sail shape, and the topping lift is about to be deleted.

If you go with the Garhauer I could give you some installation tips.

But if you already have a rope vang, and are considering a solid one, I think the main advantage is that the solid ones keep the boom up.
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I got one from US Spars. Good price and works well. I don't use a topping lift and secure my main halyard to the end of the boom when not sailing.

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