I'm trying to figure out this new-to-me navtec vang. I'm used to a tackle to the rail system and then only off the wind
. Loads on the boom were low and the need to vang down was fairly easy to read. The traveler was and integral part of sail trim.
Now, I can adjust the boom position for any point of sail as I like it. My difficulty with the hydraulic vang is not sail trim but rather use of the mainsheet and traveler. Sunday I was blasting along to weather
in a Florida
cold front on Tampa bay and had the main sheeted in tight. I just happened to glance along the boom notice I had it bent down by the sheet pulling against the vang. I pumped it down until the boom was straight. That seems like an odd way to trim.
How should I use this vang. It's cool and very helpful but should I just leave the release valve open for going to weather