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Aaron Norlund


I'm confused about your use of "downhaul" when referring to the main.

The only lines used for shaping the main are the halyard, outhaul, cunningham, vang, and sheet. Use a vang when going off the wind to keep the "wing" shape in your sail.

If you don't have a "bail" on your boom, you can use some sheet-size line to tie onto the boom about five feet from the gooseneck. If you have a tabernacle, there ought to be some holes where you can attached the other end of the vang's tackle.

I have one vang with a carabiner on each end. When on a close-haul to beam reach, I'll attach it to the tabernacle. When further off the wind, I attach it to shackles I've installed on my after-lower shroud's lower turnbuckle toggle in lieu of a clevis pin. This lets it act as a preventer and vang.

Some people have two vangs - one for each tack and leave them permanently when reaching at sea. I'll probably set this system up one day, but for now I just move my vang from side to side.
Hope this helps!
Aaron N.

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