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Old 04-04-2011, 18:57   #1
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Upgrading my Traveler?

Currently the mainsheet traveler (track and stop system) is located in the aft section of the cockpit on my boat (end boom sheeting). I was thinking about fabricating a bridge out of aluminum and moving the traveler to the cabin top, upgrading to a track and car system as a mid boom sheeting system.

I am well versed in installing hardware onto the fiberglass cabin top, so that isn't a problem and I'll increase the size of my traveler and I'll be adding and additional blocks to increase the mechanical advantage to make up for the shift of the traveler from the aft end of the boom to almost midway along the boom. I also plan to have a Civ E design the bridge to ensure it is of sufficient strength for the task.

Not only would this free up about a foot and a half (.5 meters) in the cockpit, allow easier boarding of the boat, but would also allow me to increase the size of the bimini top I am building for the boat.

Another question, if I install the midboom sheeting system, can I get rid of my boom vang that connects about 2 inches in front of the new traveler?

Seems too simple, so what am I missing?
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Old 04-04-2011, 19:01   #2
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Re: Upgrading my traveler?

you'll want to keep the vang so you can keep the boom down when the sheet is eased....running off of the wind.
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Re: Upgrading my traveler?

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you'll want to keep the vang so you can keep the boom down when the sheet is eased....running off of the wind.
(Sigh) I pretty much knew that, but was hoping I was wrong.

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Re: Upgrading my traveler?

I've sailed boats without vangs and it works OK. Better with though
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