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Joseph and Monica Lynch

Papillon was originally rigged with a 4:1 boom-end mainsheet mounted on a bronze bar across the lazzurette and tiller. There are no control lines for the sliding bonze fitting that attached the fiddle block/cam cleat to the bronze cross-piece and with every tack and jibe the boom would go crashing across the cockpit. I've installed a Harken Mid-Range traveller with a 75mm 6:1 mainsheet. This will make it so that I am no longer the only one aboard that is strong enough to trim the main when the wind is blowing more than 10k.

Safety being the biggest issue, the next concern is this configuration did not permit me to get any closer than 45 or 50 degrees apparrent. The traveller permits me to pull the car up higher and I am able to beat at 30 degrees. You'll hear that Westsails do not go to weather well, but she's been just over 7 knots sog in 15 knots true wind at 35 degrees apparrent. With some practice and an eye on sail shape, She will get up and go in the right conditions. Adjusting the genoa cars for a good leach/foot shape and getting the staysail tack in the right place dramatically improved the balance just a slight weather-helm.

Better sail shape was the third goal. Papillon is a flush deck and I do not have a dodger, so that was not a consideration when I installed the traveller. I am not prepared for offshore sailing yet, so a dodger is a distant upgrade. I am going for a headsail roller furler next.

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