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sliding gooseneck with vang

Right now my Bristol 27 doesn't have a boom vang. I was going to add one this winter, but, worry that my sliding gooseneck won't be able to take the much higher horizontal forces. Should I be worried about this? And if so, where do I look for a fixed gooseneck?
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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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That is about what I was planning. The gooseneck slides in the mast groove, rather than on a track, if that makes any difference.
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That is about what I was planning. The gooseneck slides in the mast groove, rather than on a track, if that makes any difference.
.. just go to a chandler and pick up a couple of proper sized track stops (slugs with threaded lock screws), and pin your gooseneck where you want it.



... or make your own.. for an absolutely guaranteed 'stop' you could use a longer bolt that goes straight through the slug, and drill a receiving hole in the back of the slot, and use a screw long enough to go right through the hole in the track... this won't rely on the friction of the lock screw shown above. Anyone with a drill press and the right sized SS or Aluminum rod could make that up for you in a heartbeat... This would be a good move for the top stop, as it will have to resist the halyard tension.
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