The link I provided was intended to lead specifically to the size 1 4:1 traveler kit. I will need to buy beams and getting all or part of the system from them is an option, but given australian suppliers seem to charge 50 - 60% more than overseas pricing including shipping it would have to be a decent deal. The lewmar kit comes with 1.5 meters of track which is useless to me. I can get teh car and ends at quite good prices overseas, about $500AU landed. I would then need track.impulse wrote:I assume you have been here.
Their catalogue lists type 1,2 & 3 NTR track up to 3m. It's the drilled plunger track which looks a similar profile but you'd need to check if the car off the kit is compatible. Download their catalogue for their full range.
I got one of those lewmar kits, it's nice but rope is extra. My rigger reckons he could do the parts for a selden track and traveller for a very similar price.
Maybe you should chuck a bit of work the way of a local rigger / builder and you may be able to take advantage of their prices.
PS. A mate has that Harken traveller that Zeb posted, the traveller rope to leeward automatically releases when you pull on the other side. Lovely bit of gear with a price that will bring tears to your eyes.
Is there a reason I would look at selden over lewmar ?
I'm not sure I understand your post. It seems you are advising against a 4:1 purchase. My starting point is the designers advice and the gentleman who designed the boat has been doing little else but designing building and sailing catamarans since the early 80s. Mr Woods is in my opinion the best cat designer in the world. He suggests minimum 3:1 traveler and 6:1 main sheet. I thought for $20 more 4:1 might be nice.
I know nothing of racing and am prepared to believe I'm not a very good sailor. With 20 sqm of mainsail and a 3.2 meter boom I thought a bit more leverage would be nice if caught in a blow. I do not think I'd be interested in the complexity of the windward sheeting or multiple cleats. Probably it is more important to me to be able to release everything or haul in in a blow.
I was chatting to the gentleman at the nacra dealer, australian catamaran center I think they call themselves, about a very pretty harken 10:1 main sheet they offer. It featured a thicker tail spliced (I think, maybe it was desheathed or something now you mention it) to thinner line for the sheaves. Again I prefer to opt for simplicity, or perhaps the obvious. Besides....wait for it...I like big blocks and I can not lie...
Sorry dead tired atm, been doing battle with my subaru since 4 am...hot tired and unhappy. And full of unleaded fuel...
Zebedee: Your offer is appreciated, my response was not intended as a rebuttal of any sort. I apologise if it seemed so.