What does a Boomkicker do?
A boomkicker is a modern mechanical device on boats that pushes the boom up by one or more glassfiber rods. If the boom is sheeted in, the rods will bend and produce a force upwards.
How to install a Boomkicker?
Position Boomkicker: The Boomkicker works by flexing upward and when straight, it is at the top of its travel. Install the Boomkicker with the screw head side of rod clamps facing up to flex upward away from the vang. With the boom height set, position the Boomkicker alongside the vang triangle to see how it fits.
Why do I need a boom vang?
Controlling the boom height determines twist, or the shape of the mainsail leech. If you don’t use the boom vang in all but the lightest conditions, the boom will rise up as it is eased out and the sail will twist off, spilling power out of the top of the sail.
What is the difference between a vang and a kicker?
A boom vang (US) or kicking strap (UK) (often shortened to “vang” or “kicker”) is a line or piston system on a sailboat used to exert downward force on the boom and thus control the shape of the sail.
When should I tighten my vang?
When to tighten the vang: When sailing downwind on a broad reach or a run, tighten the vang to keep the boom down and minimize mainsail twist that spills air from the sail.
When should I adjust my boom vang?
What do kicking straps do?
What angle should a boom vang be?
a 45 degree angle
The vang should be installed at a 45 degree angle between the mast and boom. Measure the height of the top of the boom above the cabin roof with the mainsail at full hoist.
Is a kicker the same as a vang?
What is A boomkicker?
Product Registration. Boomkickers are simply the best solution to support the boom and eliminate the topping lift for sailboats 14 to 38 feet. Each Boomkicker uses 2 coated fiberglass spring rods to support the boom.
What is A boomkicker Vang?
Boat performance is improved with less weight and windage aloft. Reefing is safer and easier with better boom control. Combined with a block and tackle vang, the Boomkicker does everything a mechanical vang or rigid vang can do with less cost and less weight. The simple design eliminates sliding tubes and friction.
What is a boom kicker on a sailboat?
Product Registration. Boomkickers are simply the best solution to support the boom and eliminate the topping lift for sailboats 14 to 38 feet. Each Boomkicker uses 2 coated fiberglass spring rods to support the boom. Pulling the boom down causes the Boomkicker to flex upward, releasing straightens the Boomkicker lifting the boom.