In boating it is one of our great allies. We are talking about the vang, which allows the vertical position of the boom to be adjusted, thus changing the profile of the mainsail. Cocking it leads to tensioning the leech of the mainsail, flattening the sail and giving a small bend to the mast.
This adjustment is done upwind in a strong wind, while in lighter air you simply have to point it, so that the mainsail is shaped correctly and the boom does not dance. In carrying swells with sustained wind, the vang is essential to depower the sail. Leaving it, if there is a risk of straining, will raise the boom, warping the sail.
Having a poorly designed vang circuit, or a system that is outdated and at risk of breaking down, will not only prevent the mainsail from working well by invalidating performance. But it will endanger boat and crew. So if there is any updating to be done on deck, it is on dear old vang that we recommend you take action. At Milan Yachting Week – The Digital Boat Show we scouted two technologically top solutions for you.
The new Vang-Master line of pneumatic vangs distributed by Harken (which we invite you to learn more about HERE) allows a hydraulic or mechanical system to be replaced with innovative air technology, which allows the system to adapt to different situations. Made of aluminum, lightweight and easy to assemble-as well as inexpensive-this line is distributed in eight different models, for boats from 5 to 17 meters.
You’ll want to click through to the experts at Harken to find out which configuration is right for your needs and type of boat.
Do you prefer a spring solution? There is also this at Milan Yachting Week – the Digital Boat Show: we move to Bamar’s booth, which has designed and built a vang equipped with an internal spring that pushes the boom upward. The series consists of 6 models for boats from 9 to 19 meters. The length can be customized on board at the time of installation.
The VANG is made of silver or black anodized aluminum alloy with two telescopic tubes equipped at the ends with special attachment ends with built-in pulleys that form a compact line hoist with the possibility of return to the cockpit. The line can be locked on the VANG itself using the additional hoist.
Again, we recommend that you click with Bamar’s experts to find out which size best suits your boat.