Hello yíall! So I have a question about a boom support upgrade.
Currently I do not have a boom vang
and boom is held up with a rope
that runs to its own winch
at the mast
. I do have a dual sheeting system in place which seems to effectively do a similar task of controlling sail twist/boom lift
as a vang.
Well my main sheet winch
had a catastrophic failure that luckily didnít hurt anyone and happened while in my home anchorage.
This has got me thinking about having a backup main halyard
in case something similar renders the main halyard
unusable. Obvious choice is to repurpose the topping lift with a boom support/rigid vang. I also get it will help with reefing and thatís a big plus.
Question is about the Garhauer rigid boom vang
vs the Seoladair Boomkicker. These are the only two systems I can afford that are also very well reviewed. The garhauer is about $100 more expensive but it does have a built in soft vang and isnít just a boom support like the Boomkicker ( although Iím pretty sure I have all the blocks needed to make my own soft vang if I decide to go the Boomkicker route
and would just need to purchase
Does anyone have an opinion on which is a more prudent upgrade?
With dual sheeting is there any reason to have a vang to help with sail trim? (I will NEVER be racing
and sail slow and steady but I do want to be efficient)
The Boomkicker seems to have more stroke range at up to 16in vs 8-12in. I get in theory this relates to how high the boom can lift but in practice I have no idea what that translates to in lift at the end of the boom. Are both more than adequate?
Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!