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Bud Taplin

Aaron, You need to spread out the load on the boom, and should use three bails. One directly above the deck blocks, one aft as far as possible but not interfere with a dodger, and the other one the same distance forward of the center one as the aft one is.

You can do it with a block on each side, but one needs to be a double. The blocks on the boom would mount going across the boom, and the deck blocks would also be across the cabintop. You would need to use a cheek block on deck to turn the line and run it back to the aft end of the cabintop.

You would still probably need to use a vang on the boom to properly shape the mainsail. The advantage of a traveler is that you can get a straight down pull when the boom is part way out. This is not possible when pulling from a block on each side of the cabintop.

Attached is a picture of the Garhauer traveler I am now using. All ball bearing for easy sheeting.


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