The issue you'll have with mounting a traveler higher up is strength. The taller the traveler base, the more leverage the sail will have against it... and the stronger the engineering has to be... a track mounted directly to the cabin top and bolted every four inches is very strong... mount the same track elevated by even four inches, the mounting system needs to be built up a great deal to handle the leverage it now applies.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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