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Old 07-16-2008
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Originally Posted by engcon View Post
The traveler on my outhaul has not been moved in 2 years. It is frozen in place as though welded. I have tried lots of stuff to free it. The boom is aluminum and the traveler is SS. Any thought on freeing it would be appreciated. Failing to free it, I was considering using a band around the boom or a line around the boom to keep the clew down and use the outhaul to tension the foot. ANY THOUGHTS?
Photos of your set-up would help, but I'd suspect that over time, there's probably been a build-up of salt or corrosion. Either way you go, you're going to have to get the traveller off:

Take the boom home one day, lie it on the lawn and try to undo the screws. They should be stainless, and if they are I'd be really surprised if you can't get them out with a bit of brute force. Once you've got the traveller off, soaking it in fresh water for a day or so should loosen it, failing that, spray it with WD-40 or something like that.

If it's stuffed totally, you could either replace it or simply tie the clew around the boom with a short length of Spectra - or make up a 1" webbing strap if you want it to look pretty - but the traveller would be the best option for your boat, if that's how it set up now.

Sounds like a good weekend project. Have fun!
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