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Old 10-10-2012
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Re: Blown main sheet traveler car- need advice ASAP

Has anyone ever seen this? YES! Last Saturday as a matter of fact we gybed and saw ball bearings draining out of traveller car and on next tack entire car a foot above the track. We grabbed some extra line and lashed the car on to the track centerline and then completed the race using just the mainsheet.

This was a Harken Small Boat Car. The car is metal and has two plastic endcaps to hold the bearings in place. One of these broke. I contacted our rigging shop "North Sails Atlantic / The Yacht Shop" and they have ordered these end caps before.

A note of caution. The new cars apparently do not fit on the old track. If purchasing a new car you may have to also replace the track and the track may not be cheap.

Have a friend with a J/29 who I ran into Sat evening and he said same thing happened with his boat - also in a race and they also lashed traveller car centerline and sailed the rest of the day.

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