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Old 05-10-2015, 10:05   #1
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Traveler position on hard bimini

Just had my first successful bareboat charter two weekends ago (Lagoon 420 Laule'a in SF). I learned quite a bit and came up with a number of questions.

The one for this thread is: How do you tell the traveler position when the traveler is on top of a hard bimini? You can take a step out from the helm and see the boom and the main sheet, giving you a pretty good idea. If you want to center the traveler, though, it really seems like you have to walk out to the mast.

Has anyone tried any kind of indicator? I thought of a little metal finger that reached from the traveler over the back of the bimini and down far enough to see. Laule'a had a satellite antenna in the way, but for other installations, this might be simple.
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Re: Traveler position on hard bimini

Mark the lines with permanent marker pen.
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Re: Traveler position on hard bimini

Cut the arch off and put the traveller down where it belongs
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Re: Traveler position on hard bimini

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Cut the arch off and put the traveller down where it belongs
Well, maybe just move the arch. I can't imagine not being able to see my traveler.
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Re: Traveler position on hard bimini

If it wouldn't overly defeat the purpose (or strength of) the bimini, you could install some acrylic windows in it, so that you could see the traveler, as well as get a better view of the sail's trim.
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Re: Traveler position on hard bimini

Tie a weighted line to the traveler that dangeles down where you can see it
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Re: Traveler position on hard bimini

Bolt a 1"+ thick piece of Lexan to a cutout running the width of the Bimini, & then bolt the traveler to the Lexan. And poof, an eminently visible traveler.
Plus, if you needed more strength than that for things, you could manufacture some; G10, Composite, Lexan, or Aluminum crossbars to bolt & bond across the cutout every so often (@ interval X), & it'd still let you see the traveler pretty easily.
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Re: Traveler position on hard bimini

Centering the traveller on a multihull is rare in my experience, and in most cases means you are falling into monohull sailing logic. Use the traveller to flatten the boat, and create a matching slot. Ideally this includes tweaking the sheeting angles on the jib/genoa/screecher as well Once you are on your own boat and have time behind the helm in various conditions, you will develop a feel for the boat, and the impact of the traveller, and instinctively know if you need to travel up or down, so indicators are not really necessary.

just my opinion.
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