I would like to relocate the main sheet traveler (to a position forward of the hard dodger) on our Endeavour
37 sailboat. It is currently positioned about 12 ft. aft of the mast
on a 16 ft. boom. This works fine, but gets in the way of the companionway
entrance and does not allow for the installation
of an effective connector between the bimini
and hard dodger
(which we would like to have for protection when it rains).
Here's my proposed plan: Install a new traveler 6 ft. aft of the mast
(just forward of the hard dodger). Run a 6-to-1 purchase
angled back from the traveler to a position on the boom about 8 to 9 ft. aft of the mast (as far back as I can put it and not interfere with the hard dodger) and also run it back up to the boom 6 ft. aft of the mast (directly above the new traveler). and then forward to a stand-up block at the base of the mast, and then back through a deck
organizer, back to a rope clutch
, then to a Lewmar
42 ST winch
under the dodger
. NOTE: This boom is probably 30 years old (original, as far as I know - 1981 sailboat).
I've talked to a rep from Garhauer Marine Hardware
to determine all the gear
that would be required, and to a local rigging
guy (who was unsure whether my old boom would take the strain and whether the mechanical advantage would be enough to allow for proper handling of the sheet in higher winds). I know that many of the newer Beneteaus have similar setups (with the travelers pretty far forward on their booms), but presumably they also analyze the necessary stress factors for their equipment
My two concerns are:
1.) Will the mechanical advantage be enough to properly control the boom in winds up to 20 to 25 knots? We're coastal cruisers are not going to venture very far away from shore - e.g. Long Island Sound
, Block Island, etc. mostly.
2.) Will our old boom hold up under the added strain? (I don't suppose anyone will actually know this for sure without further analysis of the boom itself.)
I would welcome comments from those familiar with this kind of stuff.
(Hopefully the attached picture will adequately show what I'm trying to do.)