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3 Weeks Ago 03:41 PM
roverhi
Re: Cabin Top Traveler and Main Sheet

With rigid/mast to boom vangs, the advantages of a a cabin top traveller are minimal. Seems they originally were moved to the cabin top with the advent of IOR mandated short mainsail foot and resulting boom. On the cabin top, the traveller can maintain proper sail control by being able to use the traveller over a wider traverse of the boom. They also get the mainsheet tackle out of the cockpit where it can interfere with dodger and/or bimini but actually handling the sheet and traveller means having to wherever the control lines are located and that's not at the helm. Have lived with the traveller on the bridge deck and didn't have a problem. Made it easy to control the traveller and mainsheet while steering the boat. Also like to be able to grab it for support when coming up out of the companionway.

On current boat could not get to the mainsheet while at the helm. That made for some uptight situations in SF Bays gusty winds, the boats nasty habit of uncontrollable round ups in gusts, and sailing close to bridge towers when passing under the bridge. Changed the boat to a tiller and now can control the mainsheet while steering. Feel that ability to control the mainsheet from the helm is a very important safety feature.
4 Weeks Ago 11:57 PM
Robert Nelson
Re: Cabin Top Traveler and Main Sheet

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Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
Has your traveler been moved to the cabin top, or is it still at the companionway?

Seems if it is at the companionway you should just be able to get I-beam track:
The traveler had been on the cabin top. It is beyond repair. I will most likely be moving it back to the companion way track. I will start a new thread on some of questions I have.
09-29-2016 02:30 PM
JimsCAL
Re: Cabin Top Traveler and Main Sheet

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Originally Posted by Robert Nelson View Post
I own a Endeavour 32 and my main sheet bridge is in bad shape. Where can I find the parts like what you have in the photo? I have never had to purchase something like this. Any other boat part I can seem to find but this. :-(
This is a five year old thread and the person you asked the question of has not posted here in three years. So I wouldn't expect an answer.

That said, Garhauer (garhauermarine.com) is a great source of this kind of hardware. They will modify their standard components to fit your specific installation and their prices are very reasonable.
09-29-2016 01:51 PM
Barquito
Re: Cabin Top Traveler and Main Sheet

Has your traveler been moved to the cabin top, or is it still at the companionway?

Seems if it is at the companionway you should just be able to get I-beam track:

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09-28-2016 10:37 PM
Robert Nelson
Re: Cabin Top Traveler and Main Sheet

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Originally Posted by SpcAlan1 View Post
I just posted a photo of my cockpit and traveler...
let me know what you think about the setup.
I own a Endeavour 32 and my main sheet bridge is in bad shape. Where can I find the parts like what you have in the photo? I have never had to purchase something like this. Any other boat part I can seem to find but this. :-(
03-17-2011 04:56 PM
JaredC
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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Don't make the mistake of assuming you won't need a vang because you have mid boom sheeting.
Oh, boom vang, your use is so misunderstood. This post should be highlighted in yellow or something. Truth.
03-17-2011 01:47 PM
SpcAlan1 I have a normal vang, along with another smaller one in front of it.
03-17-2011 01:44 PM
Faster
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Originally Posted by Waltthesalt View Post
I moved my cabin top traveler to put in a dodger. Mid boom travelers are a good thing for racing as they act as a vang. They more heavily load the boom however. If you're crusing they keep the sheets of the cockpit , less to tangle up the crew
Any mainsheet setup when hard on the wind has a vanging effect. However no mainsheet can possibly have any vanging effect once the sheets are eased - and that's when the vang is most critical.

Don't make the mistake of assuming you won't need a vang because you have mid boom sheeting.


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Originally Posted by SpcAlan1 View Post
I think I am just going to stay where I am at with the traveler - I don't need anymore holes in the boat.

But the running of the lines is a consideration.
Probably your best bet - certainly the easiest and least expensive mod and the improvement would be considerable. You could probably avoid the cost of a clutch and just use a good cam cleat for the mainsheet on the cabin top - put it right at the back edge of the cabin so you won't chafe the gel coat when you're trimming.

As I mentioned before while you're at it, add two more and run your traveller adjustment lines aft as well.
03-17-2011 01:36 PM
SpcAlan1 Agreed.
03-17-2011 01:29 PM
YeahJohn Yeah. I would at least run the main sheet back to the mast and the out to the clutch. It took me some time getting use to the fact that I can only bring in the main and not let out the main with out getting up and releasing the clutch. If you are to worried about it in trying conditions you can always leave the clutch open and run from the winch. Ultimately it is not a hi-tech racing setup, but it is a pretty common rigging standard these days and has been sense the 80's. It also allows you to set the main sheet next to you at the helm. The only benefit of the two speed is that in wind it is easier to trim. I would also try and google images of your boat and see how others have it rigged. Moving the traveler is not a good idea, rig it with in the way it was built to be rigged and learn how to sail the boat with that rigging, versus trying to adapt it to what your are comfortable with.
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