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Main Traveler track replacement

The track for the main sheet traveler gave on the edges allowing the car to slip off. The track profiles from Lewmar and Harken will not fit my existing car.

The top flage width is 25mm, and while sort of T-shape, the arms are short, the stem is thick, and the bottom edges of the arms are chamfered at 45d for the trolley rollers to run on. Has anyone fabricated replacement track out of plastic, wood or metal? I was contemplating solid ash possibly with an 1/8-in stainless plate on top.

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It's possible you could make your own, but in the end you'd have something that was basically cobbled together and may or may not work particularly well.

Though they are expensive, today's new traveler setups work very well and are easily adjustable under load.
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For the amount of money and time it will take you to cobble something together, you could probably buy a Garhauer mainsheet traveler.
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Maybe you have IYE X-track? I have this for my traveller and it sounds like what you're describing. See IYE Traveller Main Page
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Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions. As I have lots of time and few shekels, and the existing one was wood and served well, I figured it was worth a shot. I may still do it, however, Tap's reference to IYE and Rig-Rite.com suggests some manufactured products I can work with and they seem to be in RI, not too far a schlep. Thanks Tap. I did finally succeed in finding Main Marine in England, perhaps even the same Main Marine of my traveler car, so perhaps they have something newer for it.

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Have you tried calling one of the used equipment marine stores? I've had good luck with Sailorman here in Ft. Lauderdale. You might also contact riggers in your area and see if they have any suggestions.
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There's a couple of recycled marine stuff stores I am stopping off at on my way back from Augusta Maine later today...

I currently have hope for guidance from Main Marine an Classic Marine in England for some new replacement parts. We'll see.
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I respectfully suggest you spend the money on a good reliable traveler.
The stresses put on traveler cars and track are enormous. We replaced the "whatever it was" track. with new Garhauer traveler they are very helpful per my request of having the track 5.5 ft long because it was the length of the old.
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sounds like the old Schaefer track & traveller that I replaced w/a 4:1 Harken last year. Love the new one, agree w/posts about how much strain on it. I am a Garhauer fan but the advantage of the Harken (big boat) is the mounting bolts can slide to fit existing holes saving either new penetrations or extremely precise boring.
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Sounds like you have the manufacture figured out, but if not, also try Goiot.com they are in france if you happen to have a european built boat, this may be the manufacture.

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