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Traveler purchase... 2:1, 3:1 ??

I have a 160 sq foot main on a 27 foot sailboat (albin vega).

I am tending towards a simple and small profile 2:1 system for the traveler.
But will I regret not going to 3:1?

Any reasons for me to not use 2:1?

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I have a 160 sq foot main on a 27 foot sailboat (albin vega).

I am tending towards a simple and small profile 2:1 system for the traveler.
But will I regret not going to 3:1?

Any reasons for me to not use 2:1?

thanks,
gh
All kidding aside, I had a 2:1 purchase on my 27'er and went to 3:1. It was nice. If you have better purchase on the traveler you will play the traveler instead of the main sheet in gusty conditions, which is generally more efficient and easier. Less line to yard back in.

Another suggestion; try to make it a continuous loop, with the tails guided by bullet blocks and limited slack. This really cuts down on tangles.

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I have a 4-1 traveler with my 30' Jeanneau, I had a 165# main, and then last summer got a new full roach one that is 195! Then again, I currently have a 4-1 with a 4-1 micro for the sheets, and may make it a 6-1 with 4-1 micro. So it is easier from my wife to haul in, along with really windy days, ie 20'ish knots, gets to be a hand full at even 4-1!

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I wouldn't skimp on this.. it's an important control that needs to be easily used when you need it most. Adequate purchase goes a long way to making this to be true.

Also, while it will be tempting to go small on the gear and line, remember that skinny lines are hard in the hands so use a line you can easily grip (within reason, of course, but size the gear to the line so that you don't have extra drag)

You'll appreciate being able to easily make minor (but rewarding) tweaks !

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My new traveler from Garhauer has, I think is 5:1.

Excellent craftsmanship, matter of fact, I don't know how they do it for the prices they charge.

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I'd look again, probably 3-1. I have not seen a 5-1 traveler, not to say one does not exist, but 2, 3 or 4-1's do! Then again, there is always time for a first!

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April 2006
Vol 32 No 4.
Page 28
Garhauer launches hefty new traveler; "Unibody traveler features integrated sheaves and a 5:1 purchase"

I believe they are referring to the MT-UB2 traveler as I have.

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I have triple blocks top and bottom, but it's a bigger boat and my wife can sheet in with one hand. On my 33', I have double blocks top and bottom: same result.

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The OP is talking about the leverage on the traveler control lines, not the main sheet purchase.

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Practical Sailor
April 2006
Vol 32 No 4.
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Garhauer launches hefty new traveler; "Unibody traveler features integrated sheaves and a 5:1 purchase"

I believe they are referring to the MT-UB2 traveler as I have.
Chef,

Thanks for info. I have to admit, did not know one existed!

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