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Re: main sail blown?
It's likely that your boom is plenty strong enough for the vang position you're describing, and a vang is a good idea in any case, but primarily for off the wind work. Once your sheeted in hard on the mainsheet, there's little for the vang to do if you're hard on the wind. Unless, of course, it's windy enough that you're into 'vang sheeting' (using vang for luff tension, mainsheet for 'angle of attack' only.. something you might try one day but does require a flattish main to be successful)
That kind of persistent weather helm also points to mast rake and overall CE of the sailplan as currently set up. Perhaps you need to move the rig forward a bit..
Garhauer makes some nice vangs, and attaching fittings for reasonable dollar.. and will sell you just the fittings to fit your mast and boom if you just want a rope vang.
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Last edited by Faster; 06-07-2013 at 10:40 AM.