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A center mounted turning block on the mainsheet will "modify" the effect of the traveller position to a degree but the advantage of having the mainsheet lead always coming from the same place is considerable.. always within reach (if optimally placed) regardless of traveler position, no awkward angles or reach when you're at one extreme or the other on the traveler itself. The cleating angle is also going to be more consistent, making releasing and re cleating easier as well (though I see you're leading to a winch in any event)
Regardless of how you run all that, setting up an easily adjustable traveller is simply a matter of hardware and purchase. Will your traveler be behind the helm? A picture of your cockpit setup would help. Low friction blocks, as small a line as you can handle, and careful arrangement of the leading of the traveler control lines is almost always able to improve access and adjust-ability.
It is possible that your existing traveler track is a major obstacle here.. esp if it's an older style bearing-less T track...
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