Not an expert here by any means, but a traveler allows the boom to swing with while the main sheet is still under tension thereby keeping the mainsail properly shaped. It also allows you set the boom windward (hope i have the right term) in light air. A boom vang on larger boats takes some of the load off the traveler bu does the same thing for the mainsail. The pluses of having a traveler are more then the minuses (imho)
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club. New Website!
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