I am seriously a twit.
So, I've just come back from the boat, and I forgot to take a picture.
However, what we have is track similar to El-Pinguinos (Thanks for the picture sir), probably around 50% more "heavy duty". Compared to what is around us, it is a bit lighter than the tracks of similar sized boats, but then those boats all had mid-boom sheeting, which would put much more strain on the track.
I'm gonna take a pretty easy gamble and say it is strong enough, it has done the better part of 50,000 miles, and still feels smooth and firm, so it will do. It has two cars for the traveller, in much the configuration recommended by Uncivilized a few posts back. (If you'd asked me before today I would have told you it was a single
I did drop in the chandlery
on the way to the boat where the options in second-hand stuff were limited and I did not really have a clear picture in my mind of what the traveller looked like. Then I wandered around the club snooping on various arrangements and talking to boat owners. The arrangement that seemed most easy to adapt to our setup would be a block with becket either side of the traveller attached with D shackles, then double cheek blocks for either end of the traveller track, each with a jamb cleat. This will give me 3:1 purchase
, which may or may not be enough. Gut feel says it will be enough, since I currently slide the whole assembly by hand, which last I checked was 1:1. The thing is, with the current traveller, the geometry of 3:1 will be very easy, but 4:1 will be tricky. Anyway, back to the chandlery
again tomorrow, I think they had a couple of collections of second-hand blocks that might do the job, and at the price
, they'd be worth having on board just in case.
El-Pinguino, I really like the cleats
as an alternative to jamb cleats
. A common theme when discussing people's setups at the club was complaints about the jamb cleats slipping at critical moments, though in each case the complainant had mid boom sheeting.
Fingers crossed, but I wish I had remembered to take a photo