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    Hi there, I want to put a decent easily moveable traveler on the main sheet. At the moment it can be adjusted by moving the manual screws that clamp around the track. This works but is a pain to adjust when on the water, so I can’t get the best out of the rig.

    I have seen tracks on other boats with rollers at the ends and cleats allowing tieing off.

    Sorry this is so rambling, but I hope you get the picture. Do you have any suggestions and where to buy.

    Thanks in advance


    The track you are after is very standard. Uses a traveller track with a four wheeled ‘car’ and a sheave at either end. Bits of ‘string’ then pull the traveller into position being cleated into jammers. The problem is the price. Check out this link
    http://shop.trident-uk.com/acatalog/Wayfarer_Parts_Catalogue.html and you’ll see the price of track alone is £85!

    Not sure how you’ll get around this unless you can find a knackered old hull that you can buy to remove bits like this. May be cheaper in the long run.



    Not much response….
    Perhaps because everyone is using a bridle rope nowadays?

    A bridle is much easier to use and much cheaper. Even most cruisers have switched to a bridle rope AFAIK. The downside is you need a stiff boom and a strong kicker (16:1).

    The beauty of the bridle system is that leech tension remains the same on every course. Leech tension is solely controlled by the kicker. Having a bridle rope is like having the traveler to the luff at all times, even after a tack. See WIT for rigging details: (http://www.wayfarer-international.org/WIT/WITindex1.html)


    Thanks for these ideas. I will check both. I have to do something to stop dumping the wind. The current rig is just not flexible at all.



    Where might I get the proper running eye that fits the mainsheet track? ( i want to replace the silly plastic one thats on my boat at present. )


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