Originally Posted by Cheechako
I'm old school
. A soft vang with a big shackle on the mast
end is a great preventer at times, doesnt damage the boom or create a hard stress point as much as a hard vang setup. Some people love their hard vangs though... seems real far down the list on a cruiser if money
matters.... to me anyway...
I discovered the hard way why most people say to rig the preventer to the end of the boom. Years ago on the way to Hawaii
accidental jibe had the preventer prevent the boom from jibing from the vang attachment to the mast, the rest of the boom jibed. And it just happened again to a friend taking his boat to the Single
Handed Transpac while he was delivering his boat to San Fran.