Even though the Soverel 33 is a very powered boat, if you run a 5:1 you'll be fine with 5/16" Newswift. In fact, you'll get away with a 4:1, but have the trimmer wear a good pair of gloves. The cam cleats should not have a problem holding 5/16" line.The line is for my Soverel 33 main traveler it is currently a 4 to 1 windward sheeting with cam cleats I currently have 3/8" double braid and it is a bit stiff , it kinks and does not like the small sheeves on the car.
I am conserned about the cleating of the Salsa and the more I look at the newswift, i think i may be a better fit. 8mm or 9.5 mm ? 8mm should run better in the sheaves but less grip. also thinking about going to 5 to 1. newswift is a bit more money but whats money for if you are not spending it all on a boat
Hi Rob,Man, I love watching Juan and Rod go back and forth on these topics. An epic battle for sure. On to choice of a traveler control line for a keelboat...
Stretch is OK in a traveler control line. As the breeze comes on I would prefer to see the line stretch to help the boat de-power a bit. In this regard, both NewSwift and Salsa are good choices because they are relatively stretchy lines.
Chafe, however, is a problem for traveler control lines and plaited line is very susceptible to chafing. Traveler control lines run against track at the very least, and in many applications they run against a deck coated with non-skid. For this reason alone I would not choose a plaited line for a traveler control. My second reason for not choosing a plaited line is that if it rests on the deck when you're not sailing the moisture the line holds will cause it to mildew more rapidly than a double-braid.
So what would I choose? A nice polyester double braid that felt good in my hand. You'll spend less on that rope than buying the fancy line, and it will last longer. Plaited lines have a great hand, so if that's what you like go for it. We're not talking about a huge investment here, so there's a very low risk of making a wrong decision.
@Juan - How's the old Predator doing? I campaigned that boat when it was new, then raced against it to Jamaica in '01. It was hard to shake that boat in light air. One of the best boats I ever sailed.
@Rod - That VX One design looks hot! Good luck with the Texas fleet.