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Old 08-07-2013, 09:03   #1
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Traveler Set-up

Hello to all the members here. Long time lurker, first time posting.

I have a question for all of you...Does anyone recognize the model/brand of this traveler set-up? It is on a one-off 1991 Kelsall 52 Cat. We have searched everywhere on it and cannot find any markings.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:15   #2
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Re: Traveler Set-up

The pic lacks some in detail, but the traveler looks like Ronstan of that era at first glance. If so, the "wheels" on the car are held on with permanent rivet like axles.

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Old 09-07-2013, 03:56   #4
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Re: Traveler Set-up

It looks rather like the old Prindle (beachcat) traveller car style, just bigger. Not sure who made those. There are better solutions, and I'm not sure you could replace directly in any case
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Re: Traveler Set-up

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, alwyslrn.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:24   #6
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Fico? Looks very similar to one I used to own.
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Old 10-07-2013, 13:04   #7
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Re: Traveler Set-up

It looks like my old Nicro-Fico "Fico Freeway" traveller. When it died I switched to a Harken. My traveller is about 12 feet across the cabintop, and has a short track on the underside of the boom so the cars are self aligning and the pull is vertical on the block assembly. The main sheet runs along the boom bottom to the gooseneck, then down to the main sheet winch on the mast in the center cockpit. Simple, powerful and effective.
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Re: Traveler Set-up

Hmmm,

We have votes for ronstan, Nicro-Fico and Lewmar now. Anyone for merriman or Antal?

I guess that at the offered degree of detail they all look much alike!

Wonder what will win?

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Jim, I reckon I am with you that it is Ronstan. The blocks that are in the picture look like Ronstan to me.

Only place you will find replacements is a second hand shop I would think. Time for a new system.
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Thanks for all the input. I didn't realize there were so many different brands of travelers! It has helped my research. I kinda' figured I would have to replace but wanted to check. Spain isn't the most friendly place for trying to ship stuff in. That 21% VAT is killer.

Here is another pic, basically the same angle but a little clearer.
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Re: Traveler Set-up

Seems the question could be: "Why do you ask?"

Are you having issues with your blocks/sheaves that need to be replaced?
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Re: Traveler Set-up

looks like the mainsheet block is upside down
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Yes, the shackle on the car is worn halfway through, and there doesn't appear to be a way to just replace it.
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Re: Traveler Set-up

So you purchased the Kelsall project boat. Glad to see you have it floating. That was a hell of a lot of work to do in 6 months. You should start your own thread on that. I'll post some links to the "before' pics if you say it's OK. And there's a closeup of that traveler in there, too.
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Yes, My brother and I did. It's been a lot of work and still quite a bit to go. We made it from Italy to Gibraltar and I had to fly back to the US. Crossing planned around November. Still trying to figure a way to get supplies to my brother on the hook in La Linea. The marina folks seem to be a bit less than what I would consider friendly.

I forgot about those pics, have to go through them, but feel free. I'm not afraid to accept help anywhere it is offered.

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