Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Seattle, WA
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I would lean to a traveler. While the vang will help you maintain proper sail shape on a run, the combination of the mainsheet and traveler will also help you maintain good shape out to a beam reach on this boat, and give you much better control over the shape of the main on a close reach of close haul, where the vang would be of limited use on those points without a traveler to position the boom correctly. Therefore, if forced to choose on this boat, I would start with a traveler.
But.... The traveler will be much more work to install....
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William Arthur Ward