Just another Moderator
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Thanked 448 Times in 425 Posts
Rep Power: 10
I moved my cabin top traveler to put in a dodger. Mid boom travelers are a good thing for racing as they act as a vang. They more heavily load the boom however. If you're crusing they keep the sheets of the cockpit , less to tangle up the crew
Any mainsheet setup when hard on the wind has a vanging effect. However no mainsheet can possibly have any vanging effect once the sheets are eased - and that's when the vang is most critical.
Don't make the mistake of assuming you won't need a vang because you have mid boom sheeting.
I think I am just going to stay where I am at with the traveler - I don't need anymore holes in the boat.
But the running of the lines is a consideration.
Probably your best bet - certainly the easiest and least expensive mod and the improvement would be considerable. You could probably avoid the cost of a clutch and just use a good cam cleat for the mainsheet on the cabin top - put it right at the back edge of the cabin so you won't chafe the gel coat when you're trimming.
As I mentioned before while you're at it, add two more and run your traveller adjustment lines aft as well.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 03-17-2011 at 12:47 PM.