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|1. Vertical Bend: Ends Down |
This bend is used for mainsheet travelers mounted over the cabin house. The curve matches the crown of the cabin house and allows the track to clear the companionway hatch, but minimizes the height of the track risers.
2. Vertical Bend: Ends Up
Some boats use this bend to relieve leech tension when the traveler car moves off centerline. Ends-up bends are also used for staysails. Tracks angled forward to face the clew of the sail mount on risers.
3. Horizontal Bend
Horizontal bends allow the traveler to follow the radius of the boom as it swings across the boat. The track stays flat and the ends curve to the boat’s bow or stern. Sometimes horizontal bends are used for boom vangs and occasionally for staysails, especially those with booms.
4. Compound Bend
Compound bends are a combination of a vertical and
horizontal bend. An example is when the track curves in the horizontal plane to follow the radius of the boom, but mounts to a deck that has a slight crown.