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Old 28-09-2020, 15:19   #1
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Best line for traveler control lines...

My traveler has a particular problem with the 7/16" control line twisting and bunching up. I am using Samson XLS.... basic standard double braid rope.
The line runs freely through a 4:1 harken traveler system.
Is there a type of rope or size that would be better for this task?
Maybe something with a parallel core or a different /denser braid?
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My traveler has a particular problem with the 7/16" control line twisting and bunching up. I am using Samson XLS.... basic standard double braid rope.
The line runs freely through a 4:1 harken traveler system.
Is there a type of rope or size that would be better for this task?
Maybe something with a parallel core or a different /denser braid?
looking for input.
Thanks

A picture might help. There is likely a block that is imparting a twist.


Have you tried pulling the line out and re-reeving? Sometimes ropes will develop a twist during the break in period that will not recur if relieved once.


Yes, there are other lines, but XLS should work. I've used it in 4:1 travelers on several boats.
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Re: Best line for traveler control lines...

I think downsizing to 3/8', 10mm, or even 5/16", 8mm, depending upon the load, will stop the line rotation. The eyesplice needs to be finely tapered as well, particularly if the track is short.
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Re: Best line for traveler control lines...

What Sherpa17 said though you could use a buntline hitch or other knot and not have to pay for or muck about doing a splice in Double braid which is a PITA. Any good dacron double braid will do. Stay away from line with straight internal strands like StaSet as they are quite stiff and a pain to work with.
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Re: Best line for traveler control lines...

I switched this year to EnduraBraid Euro Colors (Red) and love it for our traveler on a 38 ft racer(4:1 on ours as well) I think we went with 10 mm and itís the perfect size. No more problems with twisting and kinking.
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Re: Best line for traveler control lines...

I suggest you rig the traveller as a continuous line. The line will attach at either the car or the end fittings depending on the purchase. Make sure the length is sufficient for the mainsail trimmer to operate the traveller when he is seated to windward. Two good things. The overall length of the line is shorter and the trimmer can pull the car either to windward or leeward without changing position.
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I tried Spectra (Dyneema) on a traveler once. No shock absorption, at all, during the jibe. I took it off and replaced it after two sails. No way for me.
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Re: Best line for traveler control lines...

How old is the line? Before you replace it, soak it in a fabric softener overnight then rinse. Stretch it out and let it dry. Reinstall. Many lines will harden with age and become more difficult to work with.
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Line is new this year. Will try 3/8Ē. Click image for larger version

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