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Thanks Jeff for the explanation! I've started to use the traveller over the last year and to adjust the jib sheet lead to try and match wind twist. However the idea of over twisting the jib to spill wind high up and avoid over powering (assuming I understood correctly) was a useful addition for me....

I was also interested in the need to over-tighten leaches with sails that have UV strips. I've noticed this on some of the boats I rent and was wondering if perhaps I was missing some other way to tension the leach without developing that ugly "hook" in the sail. Is there a way around this problem?

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Excellent post, Jefff. I use the traveller more or less as you describe, but you explain it very well and give some additional information and hints to improve trimming. Thanks.
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Re: Proper use of the Traveler

Thanks Jeff, I actually followed that.
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There is good information on sail trim on both the North Sails US and North Sails UK sites. The info is different on each. (I found UK better) They will give you the visuals to go with Jeff's explanation.
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Re: Proper use of the Traveler

Note - traveler is typically last sail control to be manipulated. First get the rest of controls dialed in and only then mess with traveler.

Also note, many modern performance rigs require hardly any traveler use. Bang sheeting and backstay are designed to 'effectively' depower sail.

A few modern performance rigs have even done away with traveler entirely
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Re: Proper use of the Traveler

Excellent explanation! The best I have heard or read. Thanks.

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Re: Proper use of the Traveler

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I use the traveler quite a bit. When I''m going to windward in light air I cheat the traveler up so as to get the boom over the center of the boat without having to sheet so hard that I lose sail shape. I also use it when falling off the wind a bit. I can keep the main sheeted in and travel down to keep the boom from rising and again help maintain sail shape. This is more important if you don''t have a boom vang.
The traveler simply allows you to keep your sail shape over a wider area than if the main sheet was in a fixed position.
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good quick explanation. one point, though: the traveler is better at controlling boom lift close hauled and the vang is better at controlling it off of the wind. so, even if you have a vang, it is wise to use the traveler, as you point.
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I was confused by the term used here, "Bang sheeting". I figured it was "helms alee!" and Bang! it's sheeted. I'll buy that. Kind of.

Then I noiticed that "V" is right next to "B" on the keyboard.

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I was confused by the term used here, "Bang sheeting". I figured it was "helms alee!" and Bang! it's sheeted. I'll buy that. Kind of.

Then I noiticed that "V" is right next to "B" on the keyboard.
that's a good one

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