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Single control traveler
I recently sailed on a friends Pearson (33 feet). The Pearson's traveler (in the picture) simply has the Main Sheet running through a clam cleat. The track has rubber stoppers about a foot apart to stop the main sheet car from moving further laterally on the track. The stoppers are screwed in place, and not easily/quickly movable. The traveler on my boat has lines that control the lateral movement of the car. When sailing close hauled, it also allows me to adjust the tension on the Main's Sheet separately via a winch. This allows me to set the main for max wind conditions (Main Sheet tension, out haul etc.), and blow the traveler in the gusts (to depower the main), while maintaining sail shape. On the Pearson, to do the same thing I had to release the main sheet, essentially bagging the main. The only way I could see to keep the sail shape would be to use the Vang. Questions regarding the Pearson's traveler:
1. Is that proper use of the Vang?
2. It seems like the the car stayed in place when I put tension on the main sheet thereby lifting the car. Is that coincidence, or is it designed to lock in place. If so why would the stoppers be needed?
Any tips on using this type of traveler will be appreciated.
Last edited by L124C; 06-20-2010 at 12:49 PM.