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  1. Sorry - another question; I did look at installing a new traveler between the cockpit seats and in front of the helm. Per attached image but this would dramatically reduce the traveler range and movement. If I decide to sale the sailboat at some point, I could remove it and leave it as an option and I do not see it being a major renovation / modification. That is a concern - no body wants a sailboat that has been dramatically modified. Patrick
  2. Thanks - very helpful information and input! Everything you are saying just by looking at the picture that Crush posted (thanks for doing this) is correct. Yes, it is a 5:1 not a 4:1 purchase as I previously stated. The coaming is not large enough to place a second winch. The only way a german sheeting would work is if I place double clutches near the genoa winch and alternate the use of the winch. Similar to the newer Jeanneau set ups. Questions: - Will moving the traveler to the bridge deck decrease the value of the sailboat? (keeping the cabin top traveler in place but the new traveler on the bridge deck would need to stay or remove and fill in the holes). The times that I have a small crew, does the bridge deck set up get in the way? - Part 1 - Another concept was to increase the purchase of the mainsheet cabin top and place a trigger cam cleat at the edge of the cabin top near the cockpit and run the tail back to the helm, as a few have already suggested. At the current 5:1, I extend the tail back while it is in the clutch on the cabin top but unless it's 10 knots of wind or less, it is difficult to pull in. And if it's 10 knots of wind, I typically will not be pulling in my mainsheet tight. Also I am concern that the added purchase will only increase friction and I would really will not get enough purchase to make it work and in the end, still have a messy set up with excessive amount of mainsheet running across the cockpit. Does this make any sense? Part 2 of this is that if I learned towards a german mainsheet, I would also want to increase the mainsheet purchase so that I could hand trim at the helm, or at least until I close to reefing. I don't see using a winch at the helm for the mainsheet, using the winch at the helm for the genoa, steering and adjusting the sails, etc... would be very efficient and really defeating the purpose. Any other thoughts and ideas? Patrick
  3. Ctutmark, Running the mainsheet, similar to a german sheeting is feasible as I noted in my recent response. Currently I have a 4:1 purchase at the traveler. Based on the Harken mainsheet calculator load, I would have about 900 lbs on my mainsheet at 15 knots. That would be 225 lbs at a 4:1 purchase. Seems like a 8:1 might work but would that create more friction than purchase power? Running one end of the mainsheet back to the helm to a cheek block and cam and the other end to the cabin top / winch as originally design, would give me options based on the wind and availability to access the cabin top. Patrick
  4. I have found this modification on a few blogs. See attached link. http://www.3gwiz.com.au/passion/blog/?m=201012 He left the cabin top traveler but created a double end mainsheet. Ran one to the end of the boom with a purchase fixed to the bottom of the cockpit floor. I have seen this before and sometimes they call it a tweaker with limited mainsheet tail end but enough to adjust the mainsheet upwind to broad reach. The other end of the mainsheet is ran back to the cabin top as originally design. He indicates that he uses the cabin top during high winds when he needs more muscle power to flatten out the sail. He makes a good argument. I have seen this a few times before via posts and threads. My question is the traveler adjustments. He states that he uses the traveler during light winds (moving to windward) which is typical practice but than says when the wind picks up, he puts the traveler in the center and adjusts the mainsheet only. So would that just make the traveler useless at that point? I think the traveler can play a big part in trimming. I usually make sure my mainsail is trimmed first and if I start losing my feet / heal too much, I first move the traveler down a bit and after that, I adjust my mainsheet. If I set up the mainsheet similar to above but if I move the traveler down but also tighten down on the mainsheet which is the center line of the cockpit floor, would that not twist the boom a bit? I am not sure.. Any thoughts? I like the set up and if that is not a problem, I think this is a great compromise and would work well. I have eliminated the option of moving the traveler to the cockpit - my sail lockers and set up just will not allow it without major re-fit. Moving to the companionway bridge would not gain me much more quick access and not sure that would be worth the costs and time to do this. German main sheeting would work but it is trimmed by winches alone and not sure if putting in a bit more purchase would work as it will only create more friction - but this could work. Patrick
  5. New member. I have purchased a 88' Ericson 34-2 (not a 34T 70's or early 80's design) about a year ago and I mostly sail single handed, and race short handed. I am looking to re-fit my mainsheet / traveler this winter as it is currently on the cabin top. I have a autopilot but I find myself behind the wheel while also trying to fine trim the sails, especially if I am racing or trying to gain speed or sailing in 15 to 20 kt winds. I am looking for some input on the following: - Moving the mainsheet and traveler to the cockpit, edge of the seat in front of the companionway. - Moving the mainsheet and traveler to the cockpit, in front of the wheel but it would need to be between the inside of the seats because my sail locker is internal two the back of the seat, preventing a full track running on top of the seats to one end to the other end. I am concern that the track would be too short being just between the inside of the cockpit seat. - Setting up a german mainsheet, utilizing the existing cabin top traveler. I would also keep the traveler track adjustments and extend the lines out to a cam cleat towards the edge of the cabin edge near the cockpit instead of a integral cam at the track. Hopefully all this makes sense to everyone. Thanks Patrick