Energizing discussions. Refit. Repair. Traveling in the Caribbean. A great morning.
Dodgers, Galley the Downeast Loop. A great afternoon.
Boat visiting. Now we can see other solutions to common problems. A delight.
Here, for example, is the "Poor Man's Traveler" from Allegria. They use three pad-eyes and two 3-part block-and-tackle with ½" line to move the boom.
To beat, a single block-and-tackle amidships is fine. As they fall off, a second block and tackle can be added to fine-tune the boom.
When they fall farther off the wind, the midline can be remove and the outboard left in place to ease the boom farther out.
With all that purchase, the winch isn't really necessary.
I'm excited by this solution to the "mainsheet rubs on the bimini problem" and the "Whitby has no traveler" problem.
A slightly better solution to the bimini rubbing issue is to completely redo the steel supports for the bimini.
But adding two pad-eyes allows "sheet vanging" to pull the boom down when off the wind without using a proper traveler.
Most of us watched "Captain Ron" in the evening using the big-screen setup at the WRSC.
We think we've hatched a new tradition.