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post #11 of 14 Old 05-18-2009
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Upgading the arrangement would require replacing the blocks and the car. These are the expensive parts. The rail is not that costly. You'll probably find it is not much more money to replace the entire thing, and you'll end up withsomponenets that are designed to work together.
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-19-2009
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Here's a pic of the suggested upgrade. The blocks are barely visible on the right hand side. It's what I have on Eclipse and works very well. I just replaced the traveller line shown with a continuos line and it's even nicer to not have yet another coil of line kicking around the cockpit. Also, ignore the shackle on the car. It too has been removed and repaired. Silly PO. What was he thinking.

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I still have that type of traveller on my '73 Viking 33, except my mainsheet blocks are a 4:1 Easyblock rig. It's "good enough" for me, but my smallish wife has issues with the traveller's friction...I have to keep all the parts lightly lubricated.

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We have a similar setup. The 2:1 traveller control line was not helpful. I found track stops at a marine consignment shop. Now we no longer use the line at all. To move the traveller out, we hold the car still by grabbing the mainsheet, then move the stop to where we want it and let go of the mainsheet. When we want to pull the traveller to windward is a bit harder, but under heavy conditions, we're usually moving the car to leeward. If I really need to pull the car to the wind in heavy air, I do it while tacking. The stop on the windward side isn't under load until after the tack. Or I can ease the mainsheet, pull the car over and then re-tension the mainsheet. We're probably dealing with lower loads - our mainsheet is connected to the end of the boom and the traveller is on the bridgedeck. But as cruisers, we've found this to be sufficient.
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