Gin Swilling Yacht Monkey
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Re: What the heck do I do with the traveller?
my understanding of this is not complete, but this is what i was taught:
It has to do with sail shape. the traveller allows the boom to move laterally - port or starboard, while the mainsheet allows the boom to move both laterally and vertically.
the vertical movement changes the amount of curve in the sail shape, altering how it interacts with the wind.
if you want to change the "angle of attack" aka where the sail is pointing _without_ altering the shape of the sail, the traveller is the control to use.
generally the traveller is the more fine adjustment, while the mainsheet is the bigger adjustment.
I tend to use it to reduce weather helm, and to flatten the boat a little if it is otherwise well trimmed but heeling more than is optimal for the hull shape. having a knot meter will help you determine if your adjustments are having a beneficial effect.
experiment with using the traveller and you may find this to be more intuitive.
ive only been sailing for a few years, and my experience is limited to newer boats in the 30ish foot range, so my knowledge isnt too deep, but that is how i understand the use of the traveller so far.