vang and jib

Would like your thoughts about a couple things:

1. Joe Sampson's rigging (at the unofficial scot site) of the vang seems the simplest and most logical approach. You can access it from the rail and the rigging is simple. Would any of you agree or have a better way?

2. How is it a big advantage to have the jib blocks on the seats? I know winners do it, and Kelly Gough says it makes it easier to release the jib sheet from its cleat. Perhaps, but it makes it more difficult to re-cleat from the rail, does it not? And when the boat is heeling a bit when racing, how is it a big deal to uncleat the jib sheet from the block on the side deck anyway? What are we missing, or is it more simply convention?

And what about going from the side deck block down to the centerboard trunk for cleating the jib sheet?

Please advise fellow sailors!!

Hey Frank:

I have a cascading vang, that is cleated on the top of the centerboard case, with a Ronstan cleat, RF5 I think. You can tension the vang very easily from the rail, and you can stay powered and tune the vang. The old setup I had was so bad that I had to stand in the middle of the boat to tension it, which is exactly what you don't want to do if you are feeling a little overpowered. I set it up basically like the Kelly Gough setup decribed on the unofficial site.

It's really cool, how you can feel the rig get slippery through the wind when the vang is tuned to the right point. Since you are out on the rail, and you don't have to sheet out the main at all to tension it, you can see and feel when it's right, more easily.

On the jib sheets, I went to 2:1 and 1/4 inch Trophy braid. This makes it much easier to hold the sheet and trim it more actively, when you are powered. I still use the original cross-cockpit jib sheets, which in some ways means that the jib is cleated less often. This more active tuning of the jib seems to be work well. The only pain about the cross-sheeting is that it get's in the way when moving about the cockpit, but that seems to be more of a concern when daysailing.

Since the jib cleats right next to where you sit on the rail, when it's windy, it is very easy to release if conditons get rowdy. With the 1/4 inch lines, I would recommend gloves for your crew.

If you want to take a look, I will be around the lake quite a bit next season.

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086