Interesting vang lever design
11th November 2014 at 4:41am #1198bradjohansonParticipant
A while back when all the new builders were being highlighted, there was a photo of a vang lever that had the spectra vang line connected with a hook rather than a shackle. I thought it was a nice idea. When I went back to get another look at it I never found the photo again. Anyone remember where the picture was? Any thoughts about the design?
CAN50011th November 2014 at 8:22pm #7781davecooperParticipant
Was it linked from https://www.okdinghy.co.uk/2013_new_oks.html?
(But personally I’m sticking with a couple of shackles (forged not pressed). Sailing OKs in a breeze is quite challenging enough without having gear pinging off! )13th November 2014 at 8:33pm #7782FinnParticipant
I think the Art of Racing kicker lever has slots in the top of the lever where the strop attachs (where Dave puts his shackles through) so the strop can be hooked on to speed up rigging. Nice touch.
I use a dynema loop through the bearing on the mast with a big knot in it (it could be a plastic bobble) and the strop loops around it and tightens as the kicker is pulled on. Make for quicker rigging.. Don’t forget to melt the end of the dynemma at the knot. I didn’t. It came apart. :roll:14th November 2014 at 9:59am #7783Si CoxParticipant
Brad, I believe the kicker lever’s you are referring too are the Synergy Marine 2-Stage kicker levers which have the integral hooks rather than the shackles. Those that have used them will no doubt confirm that they are very effective and much easier to rig than faffing with a shackle which usually also damages the side of the boom. The design is cut in such a way that the rope loop can’t just fall out without significant user error or you use too small a diameter rope. The idea of the 2 stage is that the purchase remains the same as you pull the kicker on unlike a standard lever. Another advantage of the Synergy lever is that the triple block fits neatly on the lever without the need for additional shackles. The AoR ones are similar but have a smaller lever and still use shackles to attach.
We’re just about to get another batch anodised so if anyone wants one give me a call at Synergy 01473 809298.
Simon6th March 2015 at 3:55pm #7784
Have a look at the pictures of the wooden OKs in the 2014 Worlds. I think it’s Stechmann’s boat has a single sided lever and an “upside down” arrangement of the ropes.
H6th March 2015 at 8:07pm #7785Bob BourneParticipant
you have to expect that in the antipodes!10th March 2015 at 6:42pm #7786
Here’s the image.
A single sided lever. If it’s good enough for the world champ…11th March 2015 at 12:10pm #7787GregParticipant
Hugh just make sure you do the rather nice little OK sign cutouts like Stech has. Otherwise it is just a boring lever!11th March 2015 at 4:01pm #7788
Oh I hadn’t seen those. That’s too cool.
Now if you’re going to show off, that’s how to do it.
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