Along with the traveler installation, the mainsheet now has to attach to
the boom farther forwards. The proper way to accomplish this is using a
boom bail which is through-bolted. However, with a through-bolt, there is
the possibility of compressing the boom. This is solved by use of a
compression tube, which is the same thickness as the boom.
In the next photos, you can see the 1/2" hole drilled for the aluminum
tube, the tube being held in place visible outside the boom, the tube flush
with the boom, and the installed bail.
This is the new mainsheet attached to the boom bail. The bail is
positioned slightly aft of the traveler, so the mainsheet is not exactly
vertical. This gives a bit more clearance between the mainsheet and the
cabin bulkhead, when on a broad reach or a run, and the main is sheeted out
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