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Mainsheet Cleat: on traveler or fixed?
1968 Hinterhoeller HR28 currently with end-boom 4:1 sheeting on a t-track traveler mounted atop the coaming aft of the cockpit. The final mainsheet run goes from the upper fiddle to a standup block and cam cleat fixed in the center of the coaming. It is easy to reach from anywhere.
My mainsheet line and tackle are VERY tired, probably original. I was intrigued by a recent Practical Sailor article where 4:1 boom vangs were tested and deemed very capable as mainsheet tackle for smaller cruisers.
My core question is that using vang tackle as mainsheet tackle on my boat will have the sheet's cam cleat moving with the traveler... at times it'll be at one of the extreme ends of the traveler.
Can anyone with this arrangement give their view on its usability... or would you recommend feeding that final mainsheet run back to a fixed-center-cleating location?