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What bent the boom vang?
Last October we had our Catalina 36 hauled. We winterized her and put on the winter canvas.
When we removed the canvas this spring the boom vang was seriously bent. There appears to be no damage to other parts of the boat nor to the winter canvas.
Had the vang been damaged when being hauled/blocked, we would have seen the damage when we put the winter canvas over the boom.
There are no trees near the boat.
There is not enough room between our boat and the boat we were parked next to for the marina's travel lift to pass through.
There were reported gusts of 50 mph during the winter, not enough, I would have thought, to bend the vang without disturbing the winter cover.
Partly, I'm curious as to how this might have happened. More importantly, if it is something that I did or didn't do, I'd like to see that this doesn't happen again next winter. I would say that the sheet for the vang and the mainsheet were snug, not hanked down and not flopping.
One last thing. I figure if there was enough force to bend the vang so badly, that force must have been transferred to other places, but there is no apparent damage to the boom or the fitting at the base of the mast. The screws that fastened the vang to the boom were in place and undamaged.
Thanks for any insight you may have.