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Re: Traveler setup?

Originally Posted by rbyham View Post
How does this traveler work? It is currently one continuous line but I cannot seem to stop and control it where I want to. Should it be two separate lines or different threading? Name is Amioto... Thanks
We have the same traveler system and although the photo is poor it appears that the control lines are not lead properly. The control lines are intended to be independent not continuous. I suspect you will find a hole in the vertical portion of the track near the end stops on either end. These are the points where your control lines originate. The control line should be passed through this hole, from the mast side to aft and a stopper knot made. The running end of the line then runs to and through the lower sheave on the near side of the traveler car, back along the aft side of the track to and through the sheave on the inboard side of the end stop, then back along the front of the track to and through the upper sheave on the near side of the traveler car and then back to and through the outboard sheave and cam cleats on the end stop. The control lines on the opposite side of the traveler are run in a similar fashion. One can actually use a single line for both control lines as long as one leaves a sufficient length of line in a bight between the cam cleats on either end of the track so that, when necessary, say broad reaching, the traveler can side from one end of the track to the other when tacking. The continuous line, or simply tying the ends of the control lines together, allows one to free the line from the opposing cam cleats when one is on the off end of the traveler in a tack. As a practical matter, this type traveler is not terrific in the given application as tension must be applied to the control lines horizontally. In a cockpit, unless the traveler is positioned waist high or better, one is generally better off with control lines that require an upward pull to free or adjust.


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