Noun Vang Definition and Examples







Each of two guy ropes running from the end of a gaff to the deck.
  1. 'Especially in heavy winds, ease the vang an inch or two for the reach.'
  2. 'There is a tendency for the boom vang to be pulled on too hard when sailing downwind.'
  3. '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.'
((n.) A rope to steady the peak of a gaff.)

noun, Nautical.

1. a rope extending from the peak of a gaff to the ship's rail or to a mast, used to steady the gaff.

Mid 18th century: variant of obsolete fang, denoting a gripping device, from Old Norse fang ‘grasp’, of Germanic origin.

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