The traveler on my Yankee 30 was beefed up by a PO. In fact, he fortified several things on a boat that was already pretty stout. While I'm not aware of any Yankee travelers failing, I kind of agree with him on this one. The stock traveler track, bridges a tower on each end, a stainless brace, and is bolted into a metal plate embedded in the Sea Hood (see the picture, and imagine the wooden bridge removed). The PO added a 2" tall wooden bridge that spans and is connected to the previously mentioned items. The track now sits on top of this bridge. I am currently working on the Sea Hood, and want to sail the boat without the Hood (see the picture, and imagine the Sea Hood removed). I think this arrangement is plenty strong, as I'm not sure that bolting the track to the Hood was doing that much to begin with. Thoughts?
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