If you plan to do any upwind sailing a traveler is a very nice thing to have, if your afraid of releasing a fixed stopper under load then get a line controlled adjustable traveler.
Garhaeur makes a very nice, very affordable one that is easy to use and adjust under load. That and the adjustable genoa
cars were the two most handy, cost effective upgrades made to my previous boat, a C&C
38. They made trimming and handling the boat soooo much easier while underway, I both raced and cruised that boat and found that once I had the ability to adjust under load I used it quite a bit, especially in light wind
situations. You will still need a vang for off the wind
trimming but having an adjustable traveler is soooo much better.
The boat before that one had no traveler and just used the mainsheet to adjust the main, the difference was day and night.
, when selling our current
boat, which i had for 10 years, and buying/setting up a new boat I had the chance to think of all the changes/upgrades I'd made to it, of all the things I did, which is extensive, those two items stood out as the most cost effective and useful.
I am now looking at what I'm going to do to the new boat/old boat, which is a Cheoy Lee
47, a pure cruising boat, and those two items are tops on the list, as it is I find the running rig as it's currently set up is harder to use than it should be, which becomes really annoying when sailing single/short handed. Going cheap
on the running rig is one of those things you will come to regret the more you sail it, making it as easy and straightforward as possible is the way to go, it will continue to pay benefits years into the future.
Sailing the new/old boat as it is now is just aggravating, you don't want to go there. I'll take ease of sail trim over 4 more inches of awning any day.