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04-23-2014 04:00 PM
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

Update, 8:1 outhaul installed now too! The operating distance is short, but more than enough for what I need... moves about 4-5 inches.


Seems to work well.
04-23-2014 03:44 PM
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

Great explanations! While I am just lake sailing right now and more likely to have to tack to avoid the shore than have time to fully set all of my controls, I'll have to keep this in mind on any upcoming Superior trips.
12-04-2013 03:22 PM
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

Originally Posted by SHNOOL View Post
Oh outhaul was "fixed" by the PO... so my present 1:1 outhaul will be getting replaced with a more appropriate 6:1 or 8:1 internal system this winter.
I had "hack job" 1:1 outhaul as well, makes a huge difference. I'll probably go to a 6:1 as my 4:1 doesn't quite have enough umph when it's blowin.
12-04-2013 02:47 PM
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

Cameraman went forward being a wise aker, puff hit... after a pretty easy sail up to that point.

Then fat driver went highside (me), and dropped traveler, but not until I used all my "skill" to try to dump said cameraman overboard. A man's got to have a hobby. Sadly the 55 degree water didn't claim camera or cameraman... although it was riotous to see him standing on the lifelines trying to hold on!

Oh outhaul was "fixed" by the PO... so my present 1:1 outhaul will be getting replaced with a more appropriate 6:1 or 8:1 internal system this winter.
12-04-2013 11:41 AM
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

more outhaul.
And tell that camera man to hit the rail.
12-04-2013 09:39 AM
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

Chuckles... have you not heard of gimbaled drink holders? Geesh. Heel away!

5? not 10?
How about 15 to 20, or you just aren't going to windward. Now if we're racing? Ok, so we'll throw some crew at the rail to get us to 10 or less.
12-04-2013 08:51 AM
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

I'll admit I do tend to poo-poo the .1kt extra that good trim provides..but I'm doing it (currently) as a day sailor.
As a cruiser that .1 kt, and admittedly sometimes even 1kt, can mean several more miles per day - and that matters greatly on arrival time and perhaps even arrival day.

That said - even for cruising - I'd prefer to spend those extra hours/day under way at 5 degrees as opposed to 10.

I can fill the Rum mug fuller at 5 degrees, that makes for less trips to the below decks barrels.
12-04-2013 12:32 AM
captain jack
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

this cal 27 will be my first boat to actually have a traveler. the dinghy has a bridle and the holiday runs the sheet from the end of the boom to a block at the starboard corner then to a block to the port corner and then to a block on the boom and on up til it drops to hand, about mid boom.
12-03-2013 09:14 PM
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

Originally Posted by SHNOOL View Post
.... but do cruisers NEVER go to windward?
Totally with you, SHNOOL... We raced for quite a long time, don't any more but I honestly don't think we sail any differently when sailing than we did if we were racing (other than being more cautions setting the kite in a breeze, with only two on board)

That extra .2, .5, 1.0 knot attainable by good sail trim and smart 'tactics' wrt the course being sailed can mean the difference between getting that last marina spot, favoured mooring buoy at your favourite park, or simply getting to your destination before the bay 'fills up'.. it can get you on the right side of a tide shift, catching a tidal narrows at a better time, etc etc...

To my wife's chagrin I'm a constant tweaker.. sheets, traveller, vang and she's not allowed to sit anywhere that blocks my view of the knotmeter (not the GPS!) We'll tack several times to avoid adverse current...

We DO see so many 'cruisers' motoring upwind in stellar conditions with plenty of daylight left.. hell we even see boats motoring across the strait in a 12 knot beam breeze and can only just shake our heads.

There are many, many skilled and dedicated sailors out there, no mistake... but there are also the others...
12-03-2013 08:59 PM
Re: Proper use of the Traveler

So many thanks!!!! I've picked up a sailboat six months ago, on a huge learning curve, really want to ride the wind!!!!!! The owner passed away 17 years ago, the boat was rough, but no one to direct me with what was there. Again, thanks, this was a question I needed to ask, but didn't know what to ask! Still on that learning cure, but nuggets of info are so enjoyable!!!! Merry Christmas & a Very Happy New Year
blparrot PS, my 1st sailboat!!
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