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 Post subject: Boom Vang Question
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:21 am 
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I don't see them on many boats, but I would like to add one. I sail distance races at our local club, and this time of year the wind is very light, and the downwind legs are long, choppy and slow. My boom likes to ride up and it feels like I lose some power when sailing my downwind course to the next mark.

In the Bob Curry article, it appears that he has the hooks from one of those rubber tie downs, with a shock cord doubled around the end of the hooks and taped. It also appears that he has added a small loop to his gooseneck to hook the front of the vang.

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Is that all there is to it?

Where exactly does it hook in to the front of the boat?

I'm not expecting a huge boost in performance, just experimenting more than anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Boom Vang Question
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:22 am 
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Tie a small loop around each end of the front crossbar so you can hook the vang to hold the boom out.

For course racing, it seems to work better to forgo the vang and just sit with your butt on the boom facing backwards, but for distance sailing, I imagine that would get a bit old, so the boom vang is probably a good idea. Just be careful of the flying jibe. Bungee cords and metal hooks flying around at high rates of speed can do real damage.

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 Post subject: Re: Boom Vang Question
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:14 pm 
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These are not so much "vangs" as they are "preventers".

A vang will hold the boom down (these will not).

With the right hook, you can clip these into the beginning of the trampoline slot in the front crossbar - no need to add a loop of line.

SRM's warning about accidental jibes is very true. Very bad. But I find these useful in course racing as well. Standing with your butt against the sail, you can't get your weight as far forward as you'd like. I'll stand on the front crossbar, facing aft and my body presents additional "sail area" when sailing dead downwind - as well as having my weight as far forward as physically possible.


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