One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Each of two guy ropes running from the end of a gaff to the deck.
- ‘If the vang is on tight and the wind drops be sure to ease it to maintain good mainsail trim.’
- ‘Especially in heavy winds, ease the vang an inch or two for the reach.’
- 1.1also boom vang A fitting used to pull a boat's boom down and help control the shape of the sail.
- ‘There is a tendency for the boom vang to be pulled on too hard when sailing downwind.’
- ‘Ease the traveler all the way and adjust the boom vang to control leech tension.’
- ‘In heavy air, you need to pull in the boom vang a little more, and in super heavy air, really crank it.’
- ‘This keeps the controls close enough to the forward end of the boom, but also keeps the stopper forward of the area where the boom vang is attached.’
- ‘If you are racing, the boom vang can be set tight to flatten the sail enabling the vessel to carry more sail in stronger winds.’
Mid 18th century: variant of obsolete fang, denoting a gripping device, from Old Norse fang ‘grasp’, of Germanic origin.
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