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Can someone weigh the pros and cons of a boat rigged with a split mainsheet system as opposed to mainsheet traveler?

I'm going to look at such a boat soon.

From the photos I'm having trouble spotting a boom vang too...
 

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That does make sense. Easier is good. I guess the important thing would be the ability to quickly release the mainsheet. And the preventer would be good for keeping the sail steady downwind while crossing wakes.
 

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I thought of another point.

With travelers you can have settings and pre-assigned "gears", numbered even.

Can't see how you can do that with split mainsheets.

Another one on the plus side is that the absence of a traveller (depending on its location of course) will not result in anybody's fingers lying twitching on the deck.
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I'm rather a novice. By split mainsheet do you mean a line from
the boom to Port through a block, and a line to starboard through
a block where you pull on one and release the other to control
the angle of the boom?
Yep, it's a 3:1 or higher purchase system run through blocks on the cabin roof, situated on either side of the companionway entrance. There's no mainsheet traveller. Pull one end, the boom goes that way, pull the other end, the boom goes this way, let both out on a broad reach or run. I've never used it, but that's my understanding.
 
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