Rigid Vangs

A rigid vang doing its job on a close-reaching Saga 43. Looks to me like the vang should be eased just a tad to increase twist.

In the last day or so I have finally got back to thinking about our ongoing Outbound 46 review, which has, over the months, morphed into my general thoughts on desirable offshore sailboat design features and gear. All that lead me to thinking about vangs, an important piece of gear I have never covered in our Sail Handling and Rigging Made Easy Online Book, so here's a chapter to fix that gap.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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