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Does a sailboat need a travler?

Interesting. I always heard - lash tiller to leeward, backwind jib, let main luff (?). Rudder and jib fighting forces(canceling each other out).

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Interesting. I always heard - lash tiller to leeward, backwind jib, let main luff (?). Rudder and jib fighting forces(canceling each other out).

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If you have a tiller that can work. Since I have a wheel it isn't as easy. Also I would not let the main luff, I would take it down. No point in flogging a sail that isn't doing anything.
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Re: Does a sailboat need a travler?

How do you believe heaving to would be done on a bermuda rigged schooner? Would I still use the foresail, and the jib, or the mainsail (aft sail) and the jib?

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How do you believe heaving to would be done on a bermuda rigged schooner? Would I still use the foresail, and the jib, or the mainsail (aft sail) and the jib?
You are beyond my level of expertise. Sorry. I don't know. Can afford those cool boats!

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You are beyond my level of expertise. Sorry. I don't know. Can afford those cool boats!

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I have not found anyone yet that can answer that question for sure.
I found one person who for $60 an hour can come and try to figure it out :P
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I have not found anyone yet that can answer that question for sure.
I found one person who for $60 an hour can come and try to figure it out :P
I will do it for $59.99!
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Re: Does a sailboat need a travler?

Go out in 25 knots of so and experiment with heaving-to. You will need to adjust the technique when the winds are substantially stronger but the same basic set-up should work. Every boat, no matter what rig it has, works best in a different way. As a guess never having sailed your rig I would want a very small main - since it pretty far back it will tend to bring you up a lot - balanced with a medium amount of jib out.

One other thing about heaving-to, it is not just about 40 knots plus. Sometimes you want to do it in moderate winds, say if you are approaching your destination in the dark and need to kill time until it is light enough to enter. So it makes sense to practice in a variety of conditions.
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Re: Does a sailboat need a travler?

Any idea how much force is actually put on the line that moves the traveler?
Is there a way to calculate it?
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Re: Does a sailboat need a travler?

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Any idea how much force is actually put on the line that moves the traveler?
Is there a way to calculate it?
Search harrken sheet load calculator and you will find all the numbers your heart desires.

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Re: Does a sailboat need a travler?

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Search harrken sheet load calculator and you will find all the numbers your heart desires.

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perfect, thank you. Now I cannot figure out why they overbuilt it.
Seems to be less then 400# yet I have 5800# blocks, and a 3800# sheet.
I ordered a turning block, and will be switching from 1/2" to 5/16 sheets on the traveler.
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