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Choosing a Lewmar Mainsheet Traveler


Choosing the right Lewmar Traveler System is important to make control of your mainsail safe and easy. The right mainsail traveler will run smoothly, tack cleanly, and be easy to trim. Below is a quick reference to the correct system based on boat size. If you require additional assistance please contact us. Our crew is ready to help!

Lewmar Size 0 Travelers
Lewmar Ocean Size 0 traveler systems are appropriate for boats up to 28' (8.5m) when used with an end-boom mainsheet. If the traveler is installed on the cabin-top for a mid-boom sheeting arrangement it is only suggested you use a Lewmar Size 0 traveler on boats up to 24' (7.3m). The same reduced size limit is recommended for multihull sailboats because they have higher mainsheet loads than monohulls of the same size.

Lewmar Size 1 Travelers
Lewmar Size 1 traveler systems are popular on racing and cruising yachts. They provide enough load capacity and mechanical advantage to operate on boats up to 38' (11.5m) with an end-boom mainsheet. For mid-boom mainsheet arrangements (or on multihulls) only use Size 1 travelers on boats up to 34' (10.3m).

Lewmar Size 2 Travelers
Lewmar Size 2 traveler systems offer up to 5:1 purchase on the traveler control line. Boats up to 48' (14.6m) can use these travelers for end-boom sheeting. Multihulls and boats with mid-boom sheeting should only use this size up to 44' (13.4m).

Lewmar Size 3 Travelers
Lewmar Size 3 traveler systems offer varying purchase from 2:1 (intended for winch use) to 5:1. The stated range is up to 70' (21.3m) with end-boom sheeting or 60' (18.2m) for mid-boom sheeting or multihull use. In this size range it is recommend that you consider more information like mainsheet purchase, sail area and deck construction to ensure proper fit. For help with this, or to assemble a custom traveler system for even larger yachts, please contact our technical experts for advice.

Lewmar Travelers


We at Layline strive to be your source for Lewmar Travelers and all sailboat hardware, rigging, and sailing gear. With our focus on one design and handicap racing we can offer advice and reviews of what you need to compete. If you need any assistance selecting the appropriate Lewmar Travelers please contact us. Our crew is ready to help!
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