Sticky. Hard to pull. Unsmooth.
Time to rebuild the mainsheet traveler.
It’s a Harken windward sheeting 27mm standard car (not high-load). Retail 2018 price is $708 for just the car!
Getting the track off was the hardest part. It’s easy to screw up the gelcoat. Using the halyard was key. I used Bed-It Butyl Tape to re-bed it.
Removing the caulk from the traveler was a pain. Slight amount of corrosion between the aluminum track and the stainless steel bolt plates inside the track. I coated them with Teff-Gel before reassembly.
I soaked everything in a bucket of warm soapy water overnight and then rinsed. Broke them down as far as I could, cleaned and then re-lubed before reassembly.
If I had the money I’d spring for the ‘High-Load’ car and new blocks on the fine tune system.
Flat spots on your balls are bad.
Using the main halyard to help lift the track.
Patience…working one side at a time – just a little.
Success! Only a little gelcoat was harmed during this process…
Time to strip, clean and rebuild.
Removing the adhesive caulk. #!%&*@!
Time to break it all down and make it shiny.
Everything back in…doesn’t look all that different!
Cost = $50 for the 48 – 8mm torlon bearings, $80 for the stand up toggle (to keep the block from flopping around when the sheet is slack). $20 for the OneDrop lube. $20 for bigger washers for the inside of the hull to disperse the load better. Added larger eye straps where the control line exits as the old ones were too confining. $20.
Total = $190
Time = 12 hours.
Hint: Take of picture of how the mainsheet is run before disassembly. You will forget.
Harken Traveler Q&A
How to wash your balls.