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post #11 of 13 Old 08-06-2008
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Ive wondered about this also. I got the Barnett last week and have only taken it out a few times. I rigged a vang on it after almost getting smacked by the boom, but didnt get a chance to try it out before the rig came down.
You really need a vang on a dinghy - it's one of the few sail controls you've got!

..but as far as getting a boom in the head goes, you see a lot of dinghy sailors wearing those natty plastic kayaking helmets these days. You might feel a little stupid wearing one, but if the wind is up over 15kts or you're out for speed on a squally day, for a few $$ at Wal-Mart it might be a good way to stop you losing your head.

Preventer: I'm no expert on the topic, but I know there are a couple of different schools of thought on this..

I've been told that you really don't want to stop the boom coming across quickly in a dinghy. Apparently, on a lightweight dinghy (unlike a larger yacht), if the boom gets caught mid-gybe or is slow getting across, reverse air-flow over the sail is more likely to put you in the drink than if the boom is free to cross.

I'm sure others here can comment on this subject better than I can.

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If you are relatively new and are sailing a dinghy in 15 plus then you have to accept that you are going for a swim. In my cold lake it is a good way to learn - do things right and you stay warm - do things wrong or have bad luck and be dumped in the water immediately. It taught me a lot when I first started and actually made sailing bigger boats seem easy.

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Heres my vang. Got lucky, had the blocks in my bin. Cost me about $7 to make it. I used Sta-Set line to rig it.

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