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Question C-lark 14 traveller repair

Hello all! I have been absent on here for a long while. Last year I had changed jobs and my new position sadly didn't allow for much free time...

Anyway, I don't think the traveller rig on my C-Lark will make it through the season. The eye straps are stretched out and the fiber glass is pulled up at the screw holes. The setup is pretty simple. A length of covered steel cable is run through some thimbles and crimped at each end. The loops are hooked through steel eye straps, bolted to the hull. A swivel block travels along the covered steel rope. Pretty simple.

So the easiest fix would be to just replace the eye straps. No problem. However, could this setup be improved since I will have to replace it? Is there a way to save the fiberglass from all the stress being pulled on it?

Or perhaps it's not the hardware but rather in my sailing? In which case, maybe someone could offer some advice?
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Re: C-lark 14 traveller repair

Got pictures? A lot depends on the room you have and the money you want to spend!...Welcome back! Dale

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Re: C-lark 14 traveller repair

Nice profile pic! Cheers!

I disassembled it last year but here are a few pics of the eye straps on the top side.







Most of the original hardware is still on the boat and was made by Racelite. here is one of their diagrams with the same traveler setup I have.

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Re: C-lark 14 traveller repair

Pictures will help a lot. Since the eye straps are streched out, the bolts do not have backing plates or they are not big or thick enough to hold the eye straps.
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Re: C-lark 14 traveller repair

No backing plates. Just some stainless machine screws possibly and washers. It always bothered me. Last time I took her out the eye straps stretched out. I've been looking into ways of improving and strengthening this but I'm not really sure on best way to do this.
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Re: C-lark 14 traveller repair

This connection is surprisingly poor. The washers are located on top and they are a lot bigger than the screws. The load should be properly distributed to the fiberglass with backing plates. You will also need proper sized washers on top and the bottom.
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Re: C-lark 14 traveller repair

You need to head over to Fisheries or West Marine and pick up a dropped forged eye strap of the same size. Those stamped ones are too weak for the job.
http://http://www.fisheriessupply.com/wichard-eye-strap

As for backing, you could use large SS fender washers with a smaller washer stacked on top, but better would be a piece of SS or aluminum. I was able to purchase a piece of 1/4' Al at my local True Value hardware store pretty reasonably.

As for the traveler wire, do you still have the double pulley as shown on the spec sheet? You might want to consider a piece of Dyneema instead. Quieter, runs smoother, and won't scratch your fiberglass. I used to have a similar arrangement on an O'day Javelin many years ago

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Re: C-lark 14 traveller repair

I have all the components still. I shall have to check out good o' Fisheries when I'm in Seattle next.

I was going through my photos and I did find one of the traveler a few years ago.

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Re: C-lark 14 traveller repair

I suspect you're tugging way too hard on the mainsheet, in an effort to drive the boat to windward an extra 32nd of a degree. There's a point of diminishing returns, where you get an insignificant amount of benefit for the added load that you put on the gear. The C-Lark isn't designed to withstand the kinds of loads that you would put on a bigger, ballasted boat. I'd put backing plates behind the attachments, and ease up on the mainsheet.
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Re: C-lark 14 traveller repair

@blackflagsailor - We live in Seattle area also. Just wondering if you have any interest in selling your yellow C-lark?? Hopefully you will see this post. Sailnet wants me to make 20 posts before I can send you email!!
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