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The gooseneck is probably on a piece of track? If it's robust enough I'd not be too worried, but the added force of the vang will probably make the gooseneck adjustment rather difficult due to increased friction.
If it was me I'd fix the gooseneck (with track stops or pins - if it's all strong enough) and rig a proper cunningham instead if indeed you made regular use of that adjustment. You could also just pin it in a spot that allowed you to fully control luff tension with the halyard winch....
The value of the vang outwieghs the value of the adjustable gooseneck on your boat esp if you don't race.
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