A Contender sails DDW and doesn't sail hotter angles like a skiff. It goes by the lee. See the beginning of this youtube vid
Contenders also have way more RM, so they can generate a lot more speed on a deep reach and hence more VMG without going DDW.
And they're horrible dead down wind in the light stuff. Lasers go past you. The vang on the Shaw definitely needs sorting out to allow the boom to square out.
the Vang - well is changing it really worth the effort? Contenders have sidestays which limit the travel of the boom, I don't see them complaining..
The shrouds are a pain, so, loads of kicker has to be let out to twist off the sail and, inefficiently, get the sail out square.
By heading up a bit, sure you'll generate more speed but your VMG to the bottom mark will be worse.
In Fraser's boat, the kicker will press on the deck and 'tighten' up the leech ; it's not good. At least with the Contender, the shrouds stop the boom and the kicker can be slackened off to get the twist.
If Fraser fixes the kicker at deck level, the boom is free to go out square and the leech tension can be set at whatever is best for control/speed. Simples.
boatshed I think If it was up to individual choice, many would not go to 'deck level'. I believe they would go to the lower more effective vang so they could properly vang sheet
I think thats the nature and DNA of the rig, minimalist mainsheet meant for lateral purposes only. like the FX and many others of that ilk.
I reckon a less effective vang would leave you with little control over leech tension,
a more important consideration in the breezier locales this design will sail in.
No doubt some will say that superior bt lee will gain some of that back, well .... its meant to sail OD and can still release vang on DDW runs