if you are going to span the cockpit opening then use a Harken high beam track and there is no need for the bridge
i will have to check that out. that's an option. it depends on cost. it's not hard for me to build stuff so the benefits of buying something have to balance out the cost differences.
i see his point about having the traveler forwards, however there are two detracting points about that placement, for me.
first, i don't like the idea of the sheet being dead against the companionway opening. i can just see somene sticking their head out of the door at the same time an accidental jibe occurs. i always keep a vigilant eye, but stuff happens. not sure i want a potentially dangerous line running across the companionway opening.
secondly i was going to do away with the hatch board, once i sort out what i am doing about the pop top, and build a nice set of french doors for it. having the traveler right there wouldn't work out, if i do that.
then again, if i do build a permanent coach roof to replace the pop top, i could build it strong enough to mount the traveler there. that might take care of both things.
however, the traveler is better at controlling sail shape ( close hauled, of course ) if it is closer to the other end of the boom, as it is now.
i have some time to worry about that, but i like to have all, or at least most, of my plans done ASAP. changing one thing, midway through a project, can mess up other things. that can really set you back in time and money.