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10-01-2011 07:35 AM
Bamazeb Hey old sailer. I know what you mean about the skin cancer. I have to go have a squamous carcinoma removed in a couple weeks. I have been looking to move the traveler on my boat too. I have a Mirage 24 (C&C design). The traveler blocks the companionway. I cant mount it above the cabin b/c my solar panel is mounted there. I have seen some cabin mounts watching C&Cs on Youtube. I have also heard of people building an extension on the boom and mounting the traveler to the transom. Just some thoughts. Wear the sunscreen brother!!
09-30-2011 05:29 PM
Originally Posted by old-sailer View Post
Yes, my feeling also... but at this point I just don't know what else to do except dress up like it's 40 below in the middle of summer. I just have to stay out of the sun. I've already had my turn at cancer... don't want a repeat.
Then dive in and move the traveler, it is not a sophisticated change. I often single hand boats where the mainsheet or the jib sheets are not accessible from the helm, and you can do so quite well, just not as convenient as having both come to hand at the helm. My last personal boat for ten years had a cabintop mainsheet and it's location was a minor inconvenience at most.

I think you will find a full cockpit bimini a wonderful addition, as I discovered when my last boat happened to came equipped with such. I would never again go cruising without one..
09-30-2011 04:06 PM
Originally Posted by old-sailer View Post
I'm really torn.. the way it is I can solo sail.. if I move it I can't.
You can still sail solo with the traveller on the cabintop.
I use a German main sheet system, and can control the main main sheet and traveller from behind the wheel.
Wrote this post a while ago.
09-30-2011 12:38 PM
Originally Posted by old-sailer View Post
I already have the Dodger.. I think to be safe I'll go with the small rear Bimini as large as I can accommodate just to hide from the sun and leave the traveler alone and live with it for a while before jumping into something I may regret.
My experience with biminis over the helm is that they provide very limited sun protection, and that for only the helmsman and are basically not worth the effort. Their shade footprint is just too small.
09-30-2011 11:28 AM
deniseO30 Just looking at the helm layout on your boat Sailer I can see it's easy to handle and stay behind the wheel.
09-30-2011 11:24 AM
eherlihy Um.... buy a hat?

... Just sayun...
09-30-2011 09:53 AM
Faster Denise is right... looking at the profile she posted there looks to be room for a small behind-the-sheet bimini (it would need to be split around the backstay, but that's done all the time) and then eventually a connecting canvas between the dodger and the bimini (tailored for the usual moored position of the traveler/sheet) for full coverage when moored.

Worth considering...
09-30-2011 09:48 AM
deniseO30 Sailer, is this like your boat?

You could go with a tall short Bimini over the helm, and later, get a Dodger or Bimini for the cockpit and over the companion way.

You would not enjoy the loss of handling ease with the helm located traveler as your sailing skills improve. I've been on boats in some races where i had to handle the cabin mounted traveler.. basically.. it sucks! The stresses are incredible in a blow.

Some of the Catalina 30s have built up teak blocks and beam for the cabin top traveler. Teak of course is $$$. If you give it some thought, you may realize your cockpit is much more friendly to the non sailing crew, as all the "work" is behind the wheel. Also, even though the sun will be off the tops of your heads.. the reflected sunlight is still very intense at times.
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09-30-2011 12:36 AM
chef2sail Everything faster has said I will echo.

I have a 35 MKIII k/c C&C with the traveler on the cabintop. I would go on C&C memebers site and look at configuation. It allows for the dodger bimini to be full sized and with the connector also offers good weather protection when it is foul out or raining. My wife even made side panels to enclose us which we rarely use, but it has sun screens which help in the late faternoon.

As Faster said garhauer is a good source for this set up. T37chef bought a system from them and I nelieve he is very happy. I have Garhauer davits and radar pole and have been very happy with their service as well as quality. They will go out of their way to custom make it for you also if necessary. They will also bargain price with you especially around the Annapolis boat show time which is in two weeks.

Also as Faster said this needs to be well thought oout with strong pedestals and backing plates. NOt sure if your interior is like ours, but ours are accesable under the lenses of the aft lighting panels in the headliner.

You will loose some purchase having it mid boom, but that can be made up with more ratio to you blocks on the traveler. You will ge more room in the cockpit with the tavelor gone also. I still single hand and have lead the main sheet back behind the helm with turning blocks on the combing. Traveler sdjutments I stiill have to move in front of the wheel though. You will also need a winch on the cabin top if you dont lead it back also.

09-29-2011 09:38 PM
Faster You'd look like a bit of a terrorist, but people are starting to wear sunmasks..

Lycra Sun Mask / Hood
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