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RE: Traveler repair

One of my complaints about the SJ23 design is that water collects and stands at either end of the traveler when sitting at the dock and presumably on a trailer if it's level. As a result personally I would do nothing less than the most permanent rebedding resealing process I could come up with.
I plan on pulling mine and rebedding it. At the same time I may get longer bolts and do some filling and raise that area so that water runs off instead of standing. That will make the traveler a little more in the way of the companion way but I think it will be worth it in the long run. An alternative would be to plumb in a drain into the cockpit similar to, but on a smaller scale, the cockpit drains.
Chuck, I've never seen this documented or even discussed. Do you know of anyone that has done this or am I just agonizing over nothing?
My .02
Also of TSBB

From: owner-sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rudolph Mayer
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 3:16 AM
To: San Juan 23 Mail list
Subject: Traveler repair

My original traveler has met its end. The sheaves are busted and the cam cleats now flop around. I have no idea what kind it is since there are no markings and it rides on wheels on each side of the track and I have not found anything like it since everything today is on bearings on a slightly different style track.

SO, I am about to replace the entire traveler system…ouch this is expensive…with Harken small boat equipment.

When I put this new traveler track down, I am debating exactly what bedding/sealant to use….should I make it like it’s permanent with 3M 5200 or Sikaflex 292 or something a bit more forgiving…….I’m thinking permanent cause after I’ve pulled the galley to get to these bolts, I’m not going to be thinking about doing this again in my lifetime. Any suggestions or comments?


Thesaurus, New Bern, NC

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