Freedom isn't free
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bedford, VA
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Re: "Only race boats need a traveler"...
Technically you don't need sails either on a sailboat, but you know, they help.
Every sail control has a purpose, not every one is necessary. A traveler is a convenience to help with angle of attack, sure you can use a mainsheet, or a vang to get angle of attack, but it isn't a pure control for angle of attack, you lose twist while you adjust angle of attack...
Just like you don't all need continuously adjustable genoa cars.... but boy it sure it nice to granularly control angle of attack AND twist for the genoa.
This is another one of those my way is right everyone else's is wrong threads....
Personally I love to have end boom sheeting, a Vang, a cunningham, outhaul, mainsheet, genoa tracks, and adjustable genoa cars, and halyards, not to mention an adjustable backstay, and jib cunny (would love to set one up). OH and I love my boomkicker (rigid vang works too).
Sail controls (and more of them) - bring them on. I'll decide which ones I don't use.
Oh and to me, it's killer to have the traveler RIGHT next to me where I can reach it... and dang blast the morons who designed all my OD boats and put the winches out of my reach (yeah I solo sail a lot). Moving my winches back is on my list, actually I'd be moving the traveler forward if it wouldn't ruin OD configuration.
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA