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12-07-2011 10:16 AM
PJFORD Using the vang attached to the toe rail on my boat allowed for a much more stable downwind wing-on-wing arrangement. Of course conditions always dictate sailset (rolling heavily can be perilous), and I used it generally in lighter winds with the "150" set opposite.
03-04-2008 08:24 PM
Plumper
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Originally Posted by scosch View Post
Basic question from a learner.
Is there any reason that I cant use one block and tackle to serve as both a vang and preventer and just move the bottom block from the mast to the rail when needed? (I have mid boom sheeting)
The preventer would need more line which is messy but I dont lead them back to cockpit.
Similar enough ratios?
Why not?
Anybody see the latest "Good Old Boat" magazine article that argues that this kind of setup (actuall a double prevang) is safer and easier to use. It is a good article that makes some interesting points.
02-15-2008 10:17 AM
christyleigh
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Christyleigh-Congrats... if you need a hand with it...give me a shout.
BTW, there's a good article in this month's Blue Water Sailing about installing and setting up a preventer...but I still recommend a boom brake instead.
Actually this is my second one. A few boats ago I installed one on my Nimble Arctic 25 Pilothouse. It didn't come with a Vang so the Boom Brake served a dual purpose. Not quite as effectual as a dedicated Vang but it did help a lot to keep the boom down on runs.
02-14-2008 05:06 PM
sailingdog Christyleigh-

Congrats... if you need a hand with it...give me a shout.

BTW, there's a good article in this month's Blue Water Sailing about installing and setting up a preventer...but I still recommend a boom brake instead.
02-14-2008 03:59 PM
christyleigh
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
I'd recommend a Dutchman boom brake rather than a preventer. I believe a boom brake makes for a safer installation overall.
The Dutchman boom brakes are sized according to the area of the sail.
..... and Defender has a Sale on them right now. I ordered one yesterday.
02-14-2008 02:23 PM
Vincent Sorrentino I have a cape dory typhoon.I would like to install a vang.I feel that there is only 1 foot from the cabin top to the boom.How far back on the boom and how much lower can i go from the boom.
02-13-2008 08:39 PM
Rockter It is shown de-activated here...



...but it has worked fine for me.

It never lets the boom get away from you, and yes, when you alter the mainsail sheet, you have to adjust it again, and when you throw a tack or a gybe you have to walk it over to the other side. I could run two of them I suppose, but they might get a bit clumsy.

I would not be without it for a moment, it did not cost much, and it got me home to Scotland from Houston.

Rockter.
02-13-2008 05:24 PM
lastconch
vang, preventer, Boom stay

Try this Boom Stay
http://www.mv.com/ipusers/whale/till.../boominfo.html
This system works as vang preventer & boom brake. designed for smaller vessels.
I have used blocks to create a stronger system for my 34 ft vessel. It allows great sail shaping control, And when you jibe allows the sail to slide across at a controlled rate. Single line control no going forward.
02-07-2008 06:16 PM
sailingdog I'd recommend a Dutchman boom brake rather than a preventer. I believe a boom brake makes for a safer installation overall.

The Dutchman boom brakes are sized according to the area of the sail.
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Originally Posted by PeterPentz View Post
This is my first go at blogging on this website. I am an older dog and have taken up full-time cruising of late. Although I have been sailing most of my life, there is so much to learn about cruising. Judging by the quality of input on Sailnet, there are obviously some very experienced and skilled sailors out there, so I am my questions will be simple fodder.
I have purchased a Bavaria 44 at she is currently in Croatia, waiting my return from Australia at end April when I wil sail her down to Greece and spend the European summer there. I need a boom preventer and wondered if you could advise what gear I should aquire - specs of the block and tackle etc. The more you can tell me the better!! Never set one up before.

I wouold also appreciate some advice on ground tackle, but think maybe I should set up a new thread for this?

Many thanks

Peter
02-07-2008 10:25 AM
JohnRPollard PeterPentz,

Welcome to SailNet and congratulations on your new Bavaria. That should be a nice cruise in and around the Greek Islands. Also, we have a SailNet member that lives in Croatia (I think), screen name Tomas. He may be a good local resource for you. (Haven't seen him around lately but I seem to recall he was going off for a charter in the Caribbean about this time).

We often point new members to this thread to help them understand how SailNet is set-up and to get more out of it:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/sailnet-faq/39379-newcomers-get-more-out-sailnet.html

To answer some of your above questions.

Regarding the anchor, yes, that should be the subject of another thread. But before you post your question, I would suggest you use the "Search" function to review some of the many threads that have already been posted on that subject. Then ask away.

Regarding the preventer, reviewing this thread is a good place to start. Also, the subject has been addressed previously, so using the "Search" function should turn something up. Here's another recent thread that discussed boom brakes:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-maintenance/40129-gyb%92easy.html

And here are some external links to articles that discuss preventers:

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?...=0&tickerCID=0

http://www.bermudarace.com/Portals/0...ter_2007_2.pdf

Finally, if you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to post them.
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