Boat Name: Dragonfly
Model/Year: 1983 Catalina 22
Hull No. CTYH1562M83F
Hailing Port: Sail & Ski Marina, Lake Travis - Austin, Tx.
09/01/2009 1:31 PM Pacific Time
Is anyone using their boom vang as a preventor when heading downwind? If so where and how are you attaching the end that connects to the vang hound (mast end) ? I'm leaning toward something on fore most section of the the genoa track since I generally fly a 135 and never use that section of track.
Specifically I'm thinking about two additional cars on the track with spring blocks and setting it up like the single sheet line on the genoa and attaching the mast end of the vang to the middle of the sheet. This way when I've completed a "planned gybe" I sung up the sheet on the boom side and dont have to leave the cockpit to reattach.
Any thoughts, suggestions, or warnings would be greatly appreciated.
09/02/2009 7:54 AM Pacific Time
Sounds like a nice approach. Since we usually have a crew forward on the bow when running, we just have a line attached to the vang/boom connection point, and run it forward on the boom side under the sheets and attach it to the bow cleet on that side. when we gybe we release it and then bring it back up on the other side. When you set yours up, a pix would be great.
Tom Beaumont, Quixotic, 7555, West River, Chesapeake Bay
Santa Clara, CA
Boat Name: Dumbo
Model/Year: 1975 C-22
Hull No. 4330
Hailing Port: Santa Clara
09/02/2009 11:09 AM Pacific Time
First, I'm not a big fan of preventers. Broken booms and other bad things. I'd suggest some sort of wind indicator on the mast or the shrouds (red yarn works well) and not running so deep that you are by the lee. I'll admit that large waves will send you into a jibe, that's pretty rare on a lake.
But, having said that, my C27 had two lines running from the vang attachment at the boom let to blocks on the rail and cleated at the cockpit. You could simply uncleat the old preventer and cleat the new preventer after you jibed. It needs to be easy to get to, and quickly uncleated. I'd also recommend carrying a knife for emergencies. Bad things happen fast when you jibed and your preventer hasn't!
preventerless and happy that way.
Nevada City, CA
Boat Name: SAILYNN
Model/Year: SWING 1984
Hull No. 11994
Hailing Port: SCOTTS FLAT LAKE, CA
09/02/2009 9:49 PM Pacific Time
I agree with David about sailing downwind! It is more important to be alert and know wind direction and proper sail trim than to rely on a preventer. Practicing controlled jibes just like person overboard manuevers is an essenstial skill that should be practiced often. Whatever rigging method you choose, be sure to make it a quick easy undo.