Learning to sail
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Cabin-top mainsheet traveler upgrade
I'd like to update my existing pin-track traveler to something a little easier to adjust. I find it very difficult to adjust under any real sailing conditions, as the car pretty much doesn't move under any amount of load, and the spring-loaded pins are a huge pain to slide. See attached. It's basically a regular rail on this "bridge" thing on some stand-offs over the companionway. If at all possible, I really really don't want to have to rebed anything into the cabin-top.
I've been trying to study Harken's site to see what I need to do to get something more modern, and basically, I am not nearly smart enough to figure this out. They have all sorts of stuff about traveler sizing etc, and what is compatible with what, and that sort of thing, but they don't ever really explain specifically what it is that I need to get to replace my existing installation. I mean, I need some sort of a rail, but how do I attach that to my boat? etc
I also don't have a clear idea of how much mechanical advantage I need, or which configuration. I just want something that works well. I primarily daysail, if that matters, but I'd really prefer something that was general-use and would work in any reasonable role I pressed it into. The area I sail in routinely has winds over 30 knots.
Can someone point me in the right direction? I'm not married to Harken; I just started there because they have some information on their website (and I really like to avoid merchants where the only way to learn about their product is to go to some shady local "dealer" or call them).
Last edited by aaronwindward; 08-04-2013 at 03:26 AM.