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Old 07-07-2009, 02:18   #1
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Traveler Height Below Boom

Iím installing my 5í traveler on an overhead arch above the companionway. The boom height is fixed. The higher I can mount the traveler the greater clearance Iíll have entering and exiting the cabin. Iím trying to determine the minimum gap I need between the bottom of the boom and the top of the traveler car.
I assume that this clearance is least when the boom is on the centerline, and the car is directly under the boom. At this point I need clearance for the mainsheet tackle, unless I attach this tackle to the boom somewhat forward of the traveler. The traveler is located close to the outboard end of the 12' boom. Is this reasonable practice? Any input is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:37   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard jimtom.

Wow, long-time member, no previous post.

For the most part, you seem to be on the right track.

See the many options for mainsheet systems at:
Harken Mainsheet Trimming Systems

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Old 07-07-2009, 05:45   #3
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Hi Jim - on a previous boat I owned the boom was low above the companion way and I ended up putting a system a bit like No 6 in Gord's link. This worked particularly well because the block on the car could go between the two blocks on the boom when sheeted in and allow for less distance between the traveller and the boom - in your case could give more height.
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Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I've been active on Metal Boat Society website but yacht rigging is not their strong point. Now that I'm nearing completion of my steel cutter I need to focus more on the sailing side of things-
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It is not normal to put a traveller over the companionway. It would interfere with the later placement of a dodger (unless it was very high) and it could be dangerous (beheading) to anyone exposed during an accidental gybe. Without knowing more about your boat, I couldn't guess where the best place to put it might be, but somewhere the end of the boom is normal just because it gives the best purchase and control.

If the end of your boom happens to fall over the companionway hatch however, then you should consider moving the traveller to a position in front (forward) of your hatch. It won't interfere with anything there and, will be safer.

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Re: Traveler Height Below Boom

I have the same issue, but didn't really find an answer to the question the OP asked (and that link is dead). What is the minimum distance between boom and mainsheet traveler with a system that can handle a good size cat (70' mast). In my case it has to do with adding a hard top over the cockpit, and I need headroom (tall friends). The boom height is already set, but the higher up that hard top goes, the shorter the distance between the traveler and my boom. So, two separate questions, who makes a strong traveler car and what is the minimum distance for it from the boom to the car?

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