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Mainsheet traveller wheels replacement.

Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:28 pm
Most of the mainsheet traveller wheels on my westerly centaur that I have just bought have previously broken and come off.

Does anyone know where I can get a replacement and how best to fit them?

Alternatively is there another solution? Is the mainsheet traveller necessary for ordinary sailing? Can it just be fixed in place? Is there a risk without these wheels? - eg of the traveller coming off and thereby releasing the mainsheet which would seem to be a disaster if so.

All help, advice and comment very welcome!



Re: Mainsheet traveller wheels replacement.

Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:38 pm
by aquaplane
I had a Centaur for 8 years and moved the traveler maybe a dozen times.

If you unload the sheet, ie let it off, you can move the traveler even if the wheels are square. Going down wind I have gathered up the main sheet and moved the traveler and then put tension back on.

Do you race your Centaur? You may want to tweak more if you do. Letting the traveler off in a gust is a nonstarter with the standard set up.

I suspect that a newly bought Centaur will have jobs far more pressing and cheaper to fix than sorting the traveler.

They do sail well though, especially off the wind, you should have a lot of fun in you new ship, enjoy.

Re: Mainsheet traveller wheels replacement.

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:29 am
by Konsortium
Hi, I bought some from Trafalgar yachts based in Fareham, Hampshire. You'll find them online and they'll know what size you want.