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  • davidlambertsen
    Hello, les Amels...I sail Maramu #258, built in 1989. The winch for the main sheet traveler is under the dodger on the starboard side. The line always jams up
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 25, 2002
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      Hello, les Amels...I sail Maramu #258, built in 1989. The winch for
      the main sheet traveler is under the dodger on the starboard side.
      The line always jams up in this winch when I try to move the traveler.

      I have tightened the line leading into the winch, but it still
      stretches and jams. Soon, I will replace the line with a low stretch
      line. Currently, I cannot adjust the traveler with any force on the
      main sheet.

      My questions are these: Has anyone replaced this winch with a better
      design, perhaps supplied by Amel, that does not jam or pinch the line?
      Does this problem persist on the Super Maramu? Has anyone solved
      this problem?

      Joel Potter, any suggestions? Merci a tout.

      David Lambertsen
      s/v Have Fun!
    • galacsea2000
      My understanding is that sheet travelers, be they for the main or the headsail, are not supposed to be adjusted while there is pressure on the sheet. You are
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 26, 2002
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        My understanding is that sheet travelers, be they for the main or the
        headsail, are not supposed to be adjusted while there is pressure on
        the sheet. You are expected to release the tension on the sheet
        before adjusting the traveller. Let see what Joel will say.--- In
        amelyachtowners@y..., davidlambertsen <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > Hello, les Amels...I sail Maramu #258, built in 1989. The winch
        for
        > the main sheet traveler is under the dodger on the starboard side.
        > The line always jams up in this winch when I try to move the
        traveler.
        >
        > I have tightened the line leading into the winch, but it still
        > stretches and jams. Soon, I will replace the line with a low
        stretch
        > line. Currently, I cannot adjust the traveler with any force on
        the
        > main sheet.
        >
        > My questions are these: Has anyone replaced this winch with a
        better
        > design, perhaps supplied by Amel, that does not jam or pinch the
        line?
        > Does this problem persist on the Super Maramu? Has anyone solved
        > this problem?
        >
        > Joel Potter, any suggestions? Merci a tout.
        >
        > David Lambertsen
        > s/v Have Fun!
      • Joel F. Potter
        Mr. Lambertsen, Use, age, and exposure to the elements gradually lessens the grip the line for the main sheet traveler can provide. New Fuzzy line will do
        Message 3 of 3 , Jun 26, 2002
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          Mr. Lambertsen,

          Use, age, and exposure to the elements gradually lessens the "grip" the line
          for the main sheet traveler can provide. New "Fuzzy" line will do wonders.
          In any case, you must unload the main sheet to move the traveler in anything
          more than a light breeze. The traveler winch on the Super Maramu is
          marginally stronger but not much.

          To improve the performance, one client put two self tailing winches, one at
          port and starboard, to crank the traveler up and down. He admitted later
          that it was a waste of money.

          Replace the line and I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

          Best Regards,
          Joel F. Potter
          Cruising Yacht Specialist
          Amel's Sole Associate for the Americas



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