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Re: Cabin Top Traveler and Main Sheet
With rigid/mast to boom vangs, the advantages of a a cabin top traveller are minimal. Seems they originally were moved to the cabin top with the advent of IOR mandated short mainsail foot and resulting boom. On the cabin top, the traveller can maintain proper sail control by being able to use the traveller over a wider traverse of the boom. They also get the mainsheet tackle out of the cockpit where it can interfere with dodger and/or bimini but actually handling the sheet and traveller means having to wherever the control lines are located and that's not at the helm. Have lived with the traveller on the bridge deck and didn't have a problem. Made it easy to control the traveller and mainsheet while steering the boat. Also like to be able to grab it for support when coming up out of the companionway.
On current boat could not get to the mainsheet while at the helm. That made for some uptight situations in SF Bays gusty winds, the boats nasty habit of uncontrollable round ups in gusts, and sailing close to bridge towers when passing under the bridge. Changed the boat to a tiller and now can control the mainsheet while steering. Feel that ability to control the mainsheet from the helm is a very important safety feature.
Last edited by roverhi; 11-08-2016 at 02:47 PM.