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05-29-2013 05:33 PM
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations

Yeah, the stock C25 traveler leaves a lot to be desired (though you can squeeze a couple-three degrees with it.) The tiller jockey and sheeter always seem to be in each others way! Mounting the new traveler just behind the companionway trim - just enough space for sanding and a brush for applying Cetol. We don't see the height as an issue - shallow step to begin with. Not cutting the boom or removing stock traveler - just in case the next owner is a racer. I will be posting pix on the C25 forum when complete.
05-29-2013 05:25 PM
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations

Originally Posted by zz4gta View Post

Let me know if I can help, I supplied deltaten above with his rigging.
Take care,

Trevor Harney
Harney Yacht Rigging
Thanks for the reply Trevor - nice looking website. I'm just up the pike from you (Pgh.) I will be in touch once I have all of the hardware for the new traveler
05-29-2013 01:10 PM
Alex W
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations

With the pop-top they really didn't leave a good place for it.

We do use it while racing, it's just got very limited range and it's hard for anyone but the helms person (who is busy steering) to access.
05-29-2013 11:46 AM
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations

+1 the C25 traveler doesn't do anything. They could've just anchored it back there or actually spent some money and put a working trav in there. But most people out for a peaceful cruise aren't playing the traveler in the puffs.
05-29-2013 10:26 AM
Alex W
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations

Are you also moving the mainsheet attachment on the boom forward? If so you could probably get away with a slightly shorter mainsheet. I'd still probably purchase 50', it's better to buy too much and cut off 5' then to buy too little and need to buy a longer one.

You can also just measure. Put the boom at it's farthest point forward (against the shrouds) and measure the distance from your traveler to the block on the boom. Multiply by 4, add about 5' for bowline, stopper knot, and excess to grab, and call it good.

I wish the Catalina 25 were better setup to have a traveler in that location. The stock one is a joke, but putting one up there makes a terrible tripline for people going below.

Do you plan on cutting the boom shorter? It's only so long to allow for end-boom sheeting.
05-29-2013 10:06 AM
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations


Let me know if I can help, I supplied deltaten above with his rigging.
Take care,

Trevor Harney
Harney Yacht Rigging
05-28-2013 08:51 PM
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations

Excellent information above . . .

Moving the traveler forward just in front of the companionway - part of the reason for changing to a 4:1.

Thanks all.

aka OJ, 1989 Catalina 25, hull #5822
05-28-2013 03:31 PM
Alex W
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations

In cam cleats I like the fact that it is slippery, it releases more easily from them than Sta-Set for me. I also find that the casing doesn't burn as easily as Sta-Set casing under high load.

It does feel different, it would be worth finding both in person to see which one you prefer.
05-28-2013 03:04 PM
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations

I re-rigged with Samson XLS after some consideration, vetting and recommendation from a Practical Sailor comparison study. I hate the stuff.

It's slippery, it deforms and I don't even like the thread colors, which is probably due to my bad attitude on those first two characteristics. Nice hand feel and the study said it wears well. I've only had it one season and I'm abusing the daylights out of it, hoping I will need new sooner.

I will go back to New England Ropes next time. I was sold on the wear, as my last jib sheets wore out in 3 years. They take a lot of abuse around multiple stays. I think I won't get much more out of these anyway.
05-28-2013 02:34 PM
Re: New mainsheet - recommendations

I spent inordinate amounts of time and research this past winter asking the same questions as you.

I ended up with Sta-Set 3/8" DB in dark blue. I find it to hand well, lay nice and has very little stretch. I calculated that at 85 degrees out, on a DDW run, my boom-to-center transom measurement X 4 was near to 70 feet. I had the rigger add 5 feet to have enuff. I am happy to report that I did a DW run wing-on-wing on Monday and *did* need most all of that length!

Trevor at Harney Rigging did me a solid deal on all my lines. Excellent work, great commo and super fast service; plus great pricing

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