Sailing Basics - Do You Need a Boom Vang?

Visit http://www.skippertips.com for more boating safety and sailing tips. Sail onto a reach or run and what happens to the mainsail leech? Will the mainsheet have enough downward pull to keep the leech trimmed for maximum sail power and speed?. Watch this sailing skills video to find the answer! Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https://www.skippertips.com and sign up for his highly popular Sailing Tip of the Week. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, FREE e-Books and much more!

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Visit http://www.skippertips.com for more boating safety and sailing tips. Sail onto a reach or run and what happens to the mainsail leech? Will the mainsheet have enough downward pull to keep the leech trimmed for maximum sail power and speed?. Watch this sailing skills video to find the answer! Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https://www.skippertips.com and sign up for his highly popular Sailing Tip of the Week. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, FREE e-Books and much more!

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for Sailing Basics - Do You Need a Boom Vang?

Toby Que
Toby Que - 7 years ago
Do all sailboats have boomjacks and boomvangs? If not all, kindly tell me the types of sailboats that dont have them.
Toby Que
Toby Que - 7 years ago
Captain John's Skipper Tips
That helped, thanks!
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 7 years ago
Toby, boom vangs are often considered an option on newer boats. On older boats, it's easy to look at a photo and see if it has a vang or not. It's not a safety issue, but a performance issue. There are no specific models that do or do not have a vang. All sailboats should be equipped with a vang as standard equipment. Not an option. You cannot sail a boat on reaches or on a run with decent speed or power without a vang.
Ninety Nein
Ninety Nein - 7 years ago
I have a rigid boom kicker, but no boom vang. The kicker keeps the boom from twisting around the mast, but does not pull down on the boom. I also have my sheets rigged mid boom. Do you think I should install a boom vang? Thank you for the vid!
Ninety Nein
Ninety Nein - 7 years ago
Thank you!
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 7 years ago
Your kicker holds the boom up, but will not control the leech of your mainsail on deep reaches or a run. Your mid-boom mainsheet will be effective up to a close reach. On deeper points of sail, it will not have enough downward pull to keep the mainsail leech under good control. I would consider installing a low-cost block and tackle vang.
Bobby Backmarker
Bobby Backmarker - 7 years ago
Best expaination so far! Thanks Skipper from a veteran motorcycle racer but novice sailor!
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 7 years ago
Thanks for your comment, Bobby.
Shawn Stevens
Shawn Stevens - 8 years ago
great explanation
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 8 years ago
+phill more Phil, thanks for the comment.
slaquer
slaquer - 8 years ago
Such a great channel!!! Honestly the best channel I have found on this subject...I bought a little Tanzer 22...never sailed a day in my life...but yea...this will help, haha!
slaquer
slaquer - 8 years ago
Yep! Just got back from her have to clean the carb on the little outboard and dive in the water to inspect/clean/pry the centerboard down hopefully, and if not beach it to do so...fun fun already hehe
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 8 years ago
+slaquer Good to hear, slaquer. Have fun sailing!

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