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I have a end boom set up with a traveler on the aft. I want to change over to a track traveler because I currently don't have a track and they seem to move much smoother. The problem I have is I don't know what size I need for a 21' sailboat. I and does someone know what pieces I need? Can you buy a complete kit or better to piece together?
 

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Look at the picture and drawing of the Venture 21 on the sailboat data web site. VENTURE 21 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
You could purchase a complete kit for your boat or buy pieces.
If you mount a track across the cockpit on the seats you may need two angle brackets to hold the track down between the seats.
I installed a Harken windward car system on my 24 Mirage this year. It is great!
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Usually, you'll need to piece them together.

You'll need:
1- A traveler car
2- a track (for the car to run on)
3- end stops or end controls for the track
4- if the track is running across the cockpit, a wood block for the track to attach to.

A 21' sailboat would take a 22mm track. The old school way is to use pin stops to control where the traveler sets on the track. For a little more control, a system with a 2:1 or 3:1 purchase would give you much better control over boom placement when your sails are under load.

Harken has a good "Selection Guide" (search "Harken Traveler System") to see the different setups. If you cruise only, a simple setup is all you need. If you're going to race, a 3:1 windward sheeting system would be a nice upgrade (pricey, but nice).

I recently went with a Harken 3:1 windward traveler on my Cal 25, and love it. (the traveler, not the new $700 hole in my pocket)
 

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Garhauer has some kits... good products at good prices. I would not advise changing your end-boom sheeting to mid-boom with the traveler in the cockpit... that can put stress on the boom beyond what it was designed to withstand.

Do you make frequent traveler adjustments now? I ask because I have a similar t-track aft traveler setup on my 28 footer, and while it is decidedly low-tech, it works fine for me. I'm in my 60s and can easily muscle the traveler car wherever I need it (granted, I'm not out in anything much over 20 knots).
 
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