The Offshore Voyaging Reference Site

Why We Need a Traveler

We increasingly see boats without travellers, but that’s a big performance hit, particularly in light air going to windward where we want the boom on the centreline but the sheet not too tight. To make that happen the traveler car needs to be well to windward of centre.

Check out the nice twist and leach shape that results from this setup.

Much more about deck layout tradeoffs.

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