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Dave King
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Ahoy Mike, I also use end boom sheeting. I also do not use a standard vang. I have a heavy duty nylon strap around the boom at about the 1/3 aft point. I attach to this a "soft Vang" via a snap shackle. The lower end attaches to a mid mooring cleat that is mounted on the bulwark. On my previous W-32, I attached the lower end to a car on the genoa track. On that boat I used a very strong, rubber strap around the boom instead of nylon. I have always done it this way and it has served me well. On other boats I have used about every conceivable alternative but have not been tempted to change what is on my boat. I should also mention that at sea I use one set-up on each side. The tail of the vang, which exits through a cam cleat, is run loosely along the deck to the cockpit area. I can easily "whip" the line and cause it to uncleat from the cam, even under heavy load. This eliminates having to go forward everytime I gybe.

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