Topic: Mainsheet Traveler Troubles

Hello everyone,

As I was going through the rigging on my Contessa, I noticed that there seems to be a problem with my mainsheet traveler.  As you can see from the attached photo, I have a car but only one (moveable and locking) stop block.   

I'm not really sure how this traveler arrangement is supposed to work, but it appears that you hold the traveler car in a specific place by moving (a pair?) of stop blocks as close as possible to the car wherever you have it positioned. 

Perhaps I am also missing some sort of stops at each end of the traveler that keep the moveable stop blocks from sliding off and going overboard. 

Does anyone recognize this traveler arrangement I have and can help me figure out what I'm missing?

Thanks much,

Brian

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Re: Mainsheet Traveler Troubles

Here is some more photos that might be helpful.  The Traveler rail width measures 31 1/2 mm.

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one more photo

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Re: Mainsheet Traveler Troubles

You need two sliding stops (you've got one).  The sliding stops are positioned outward on the traveler.  I set mine (in heavy air) to the furthest out position both port and starboard.  This is show in the photos in the article "A design for a mainsheet traveler"  in Tech-Notes 

http://www.co26.com/Tech-Notes/a-design … t-traveler

You'll also need two fixed end stops, but you can get by without them for a while.

Good luck

Re: Mainsheet Traveler Troubles

Hello mhall,

Thank you very much.  That is exactly what I needed to know.

Best Wishes,

Brian Nold
briannold@maxedoutvoyages.com
maxedoutvoyages.com

Re: Mainsheet Traveler Troubles

Does anyone recognize the brand of the pinstop that you see on my traveler and know where I might buy another one like it?  It has no markings.

The traveler car for the mainsheet has "IYE England" stamped on it.  But as you can see from the attached photo, it doesn't look like my traveler car and the one pinstop I have were made to work together (because of the beveled mating surface on the traveler car and the vertical mating surface on the pinstop). 

If I could find another pinstop like the one I have, I could file the beveled edge on the traveler car until both pinstops are able to engage when each is up against the traveler car, holding it in position firmly.

Once again, if anyone knows where I might get another pinstop like the one I already have, I'd very much appreciate knowing where.

Thanks much,

Brian

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Re: Mainsheet Traveler Troubles

The plot thickens!  I just had a major breakthrough with my research on this traveler system.  All the components you see in the photos are IYE brand.  So far, I've only found one place online in Rhode Island that appears to sell IYE stuff at www.rig-rite.com

Is anyone familiar with this brand?  I curious why they would bevel the sides of the traveler car and have vertical mating surfaces on the sliding stops.  they don't seem to "fit together" very well when they would come in contact with each other and the rubber bumpers don't seem to line up very well either.  The car would try to ride up on the stop and you can also see the damage on the sliding stop that I do have from the car riding up onto it.  It seems like a poor design mechanically, but maybe I just don't understand some reason why they would bevel the sides of the car?

Re: Mainsheet Traveler Troubles

One more thing that I didn't make clear above is that:

One would think that the system would be designed so that mainsheet car could be locked in a specific location and held utterly captive by the sliding stops, but whenever one stop is locked on the rail and the car is pushed up against it, the other stop (I held the car still while I used the one stop I have) can only be locked about an inch and a half away from the car so that it can bang around some.  Thanks again for anyone who comments.  Brian

Re: Mainsheet Traveler Troubles

Hello there.
Some of these older travellers can be hard to match because they keep changing the specs. I'd take the stop and go through the spare parts bin at a chandlery and find something that seems to fit.
A better idea is to toss out the stops and put on a functioning traveller system with two blocks on the car and at each end, with a jam cleat. Then you can move the traveller car with one hand while steering with the other.
The best part is that you won't have to match the current track. Just tap and bolt the blocks to the car and the end of the traveller.
They are too complicated to explain but there are lots of sailing boats with one that you can copy.