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Traveler Systems

Traveler controls must be powerful enough to move the car easily under load and lead to a position where crew can conveniently operate them. Smaller boats usually position controls so the helmsman can make adjustments. Larger boats position controls for the mainsheet trimmer.

Standard Boat Length:*
Small Boat: 22' - 28' (6.7 - 8.5 m)
Midrange: 29' - 34' (8.8 - 10.4 m)
Big Boat: 35' - 42' (10.7 - 12.8 m)

*Refer to Ordering Travelers Chart for in-depth specifications by boat type.

2:1 Cam on Car

This system features cleats on adjustable arms that can be angled. On flush deck boats face cleats down the length of the track. On boats with seat backs angle the cleats forward or aft.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler 2734  —  —
B Track 2720  —  —
C Eyestrap 073  —  —

3:1 Windward Sheeting

The windward sheeting traveler lets crew pull the car above the centerline without releasing the leeward control line. Tack and the car stays in the same position, ready to be pulled to the new windward side.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler 2745
2746
1635
1636
 —
 —
B End Control 2740 1631  —
C Track 2720 R27  —

4:1 Windward Sheeting

The windward sheeting traveler lets crew pull the car above the centerline without releasing the leeward control line. Tack and the car stays in the same position, ready to be pulled to the new windward side.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler  — 1635 3177
B End Control  — 1631 3168
C Track  — R27 R32 

2:1 Remote Cleat

Use this 2:1system on flush deck boats like the J/24 where crew sit outboard of the traveler and loads are nearly vertical.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler 2728  —  —
B Eyestrap 137  —  —
C Track 2720   —  —
D Cam cleat 150  —  —

Standard 3:1

This system, with cleats on the track, is used on boats under 10.7 m (35 ft).

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler 2731 T2731B T3231B
B Control block 348  —  —
C End control 2743 E2756 E3256
D Track 2720  R27 R32

Standard 4:1

This 4:1 system is used on moderately-sized cruising and racing boats. Control blocks and cleats mount on track ends.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler 2727 T2742B T3242B
B Control block 342  —  —
C End control 2743 E2756 E3256
D Track 2720  R27 R32

2:1 with Dedicated Winch

Install this system on big boats when winches are used to adjust the traveler.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler  —  — T3222B.HL
B End control  —  — E3230.HL
C Winch  —  — 46.2STA
D Track  —  — R32

4:1 remote cleat

If the traveler is mounted ahead of the companionway, place the cleats at the aft-edge of the cabin house.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler 2727 T2742B T3242B
B Control block 342  —  —
C End control 2742 E2750 E3250 
D Track 2720 R27 R32  
E Cam cleat 150 150 / 365 150

3:1 Remote Cleat

When the crew sits above the traveler, lead control lines up the cockpit sides to a convenient cleat on the coaming.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler 2727 T2703B T3203B
B Control block 341 2637 2601
C Upright block 220 220 223
D Cam cleat 150 150 / 365 150
E Track 2720 R27 R32

Underdeck Traveler Control

Racing boats often keep decks clean by running the traveler tackle belowdeck. This system has a 6:1 purchase that exits at a central control pod forward of the wheel or tiller, which allows the mainsheet trimmer to easily adjust the traveler. Popular on boats like the Farr® 40.

Farr is a registered trademark of Bruce K Farr.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler  —  — T3203B.HL
B Track  —  — R32
C Single  —  — 3215
D Triple  — 2605
E Triple  —  — 2604
F Upright block  —  — 222
G Cam cleat  —  — 150
H Padeye  —  — 627

4:1 Dodger

This system works well with a dodger.

DiagramRef. Description Small Boat Part No. Midrange Part No. Big Boat Part No.
A Traveler     T3242B
B End control     E3250HB
C Track     R32HB 
D Track riser     1849
E Halyard lead block     1986
F Cam cleat     458