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C&C traveler rebuild/replace

I am new to sailing and racing has caused our traveler to fail only after 5-6 races.
It's a 1980 C&C 34 original equipment and the bushings in the traveler have gotten so sloppy that I need to either rebuild or replace.
Rebuilding would be my choice, replace the bushings with sealed bearings.
The bushing posts do seem pretty primitive and make me question if replacing with real bearings is even possible.

Any and all advice is welcome.
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Re: C&C traveler rebuild/replace

Once you have your boat's measurements in hand for a replacement, check with Garhauer.
Good people and their prices are very fair.
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Re: C&C traveler rebuild/replace

Yes to the above..

In the meantime you need to identify the traveler brand and size.. C&C didn't make them themselves, I don't think. And after 37 years someone may have already changed it out.

Garhauer makes pretty good, if not svelte, gear, but it's hard to argue with Harken's smooth operation. It comes at a price....

btw.. the technical website page is for forum issues.. I've moved your threads to the more appropriate 'gear and maintenance' section

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Re: C&C traveler rebuild/replace

Harken was very easy to work with. I had them bend the big car series track to fit the curve on my traveler mounts. 20 years and still going strong, mostly offshore work. Smooth operation. Just flush the car and track with fresh water once in awhile.


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Re: C&C traveler rebuild/replace

If you can identify the original manufacturer, you may be able to replace the car. Chances are it's either Harken or Schaefer. My 1985 vintage Schaefer car had an issue a few years ago, and I was able to find parts to rebuild it. Much less expensive and much less work than replacing the whole traveller system. One thing I found out was that over the years Schaefer changed the width of their traveller tracks and thus the current cars didn't work with my old track.

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Re: C&C traveler rebuild/replace

Nicro-Fico was also a major supplier of travellers back in the day. Unfortunately long out of business so won't be any help. Haunt Ebay, believe I've seen NOS cars up for auction recently. Harkens mid range travellers are really nice with almost no friction and so easily movable under load even with 2-1 purchase controls but pricey though. There have been some complete Harken travellers on Ebay recently but they may have been big boat size which are too large for a 34' boat.
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Re: C&C traveler rebuild/replace

I installed a Harken on my First 235. A friend used the Lewmar solution for his First 260. I would go the Lewmar route if I had to do it again. Bolts in track slide so no new holes and very reasonably priced.

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Re: C&C traveler rebuild/replace

Harken also offers that. Have Harken 4' medium track with sliding fasteners that I'll sell at 1/2 retail. It's the tall track so needs to go on a nearly level surface or can be used with risers to bridge obstacles like the companionway hatch.

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Harken also offers that. Have Harken 4' medium track with sliding fasteners that I'll sell at 1/2 retail. It's the tall track so needs to go on a nearly level surface or can be used with risers to bridge obstacles like the companionway hatch.
I believe the standard C&C 34 setup is a cabintop traveler mounted on an aluminum channel that bridges the hatch.. That track should work for the OP, and would be a good start to an upgrade.

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Re: C&C traveler rebuild/replace

I replaced the original traveler on my C&C 35 with a Garhauer system, and am extremely pleased with it. My first thought was to replace the cars, but, as I recall, the standardized size of traveler tracks have changed and I couldn't find replacements that fit the old track properly. I also replaced my winches. Struggling to use the old equipment took much of the pleasure out of sailing the boat. I din't want to spend the money, but it made it a joy to sail the boat again, and I'm glad I did it.
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