Home-rigging a vang on a vagabond 14 right now...
$2 to $3 pulleys from Home Depot for the blocks and lots of paracord.
Nope, not stainless, but if it works I can get better hardware
later. Cheap experiment
4 pulleys so in theory 16 to 1, but the way I have it rigged so far I'll have to check on that.
The OEM downhaul is just a foot or so of paracord that goes through a hole and V notch fitting on the mast
. Can't get the luff tight with that without being a 400 lb gorilla.
I'm adding fittings right on the foot of the mast to clip on the vang as low as possible.
I'm also working so when I discionnect from the mast it will be one clip-on and I can pull the Vang tight to the boom for trailering without tangling.
2 pulleys in the direct down-haul for the gooseneck then 2 more working at pulling down at the mid-boom main sheet pulley bracket.
There isn't a winch
on my boat anywhere... so I have to use arm-strong power or multiply force with block and tackle systems.
I don't mind having the boom lift
lines. They don't get in the way of the sail and help lift it into place connecting to the mast and hold the boom for raising the sail.
Just appx 45 ft of paracord from gooseneck, over a mast-top block and back to the aft end of the boom with a light dog-leash style swivel clip on each end.
Since this is a trailer-sailer, it gets the mast stepped and boom lifted every trip to the water
Larger boats, kept in slips and rigged all the time and with winches to draw the sail tight from the top (+ a Cunningham... which I can't rig on mine due to the way the sail connects to boom and mast) maybe the fixed rod type vang will be good.
Mainly pointing out that how the sail connects to the mast and boom plus how the gooseneck connects will affect what rigging
choices you can make.
From the last time I had the boat out (using just 2 pulleys to multiply the downhaul) I NEED more pull down at the aft end of the boom. less than 5 mph winds and the boom was lifting.
Thinking about adding 2 more blocks and multiplying the pull on the main sheet to the aft bridle
Maybe this new vang rig will help with that too...
Next is the preventers...