Originally Posted by countrybumpkin
I like having the wheel and navpod in front of me, but it really, really takes up space and I can't reach any of the sheets, unless I lean far forward. I have to rely on my crew to trim the sails.
I'm debating moving the traveler above the companionway to get it out of the way. Has anyone ever tried this on their Cal?
I would rip that wheel/pod out and put it on Craigslist. A 27' boat is way too small to such a contraption. With a tiller you can stand in the cockpit with the stick between your knees and work your control lines, or reef the main, or tap the engine tach until it gives a realistic reading, or open a beer, or all of the above at the same time. If you're really good, you can even steer with your feet while you get seasick over (hopefully) the lee side.
I also have a Cal 2-27, and I also find that the traveler is in an awkward place for the crew/passengers. However, it is in a good spot for the helmsman (if you have a tiller). Some owners move the traveller to the inner side, or the top, of the transom, or just install a fixed padeye on the inner side of the transom (since the pushpit seems to get in the way of the mainsheet with all but the shortest traveller). That would give you end-boom sheeting, which many prefer, as it tends to but less strain on the boom.
Which gets us back to putting the traveller on the cabin top -- DON'T! You'll eventually put too much strain on the middle of the boom and snap it in two, since you'll have one hell of a lever-arm on the attachment point(s) for the mainsheet. Some modern boats rig their mainsheets in this fashion, but they have beefed-up booms and multiple attachment points to spread the loads.
I suppose that an old-fashioned elevated traveller (aka a "horse" in UK lingo) and end-boom sheeting might work, as it would allow the mainsheet to clear the pushpit. But, if you installed something like that, every yahoo in the marina would probably tell you that those went out with canvas sails. They're really made for boats with transom-hung rudders anyway.