One of the things on my list was to upgrade my traveler.
It was still the original one which was a pretty anemic 2:1, made worse by the fact a bunch of plastic on the blocks had all broken. This meant moving the thing under any kind of load was extremely hard, needed a bunch of cranking on the winch which was a huge hassle. And by hassle I mean ‘utterly shit’
First, I bought 4 blocks, all doubles, 2 with beckets and 2 without. I also bought 4 small swivels.
Then I removed the old lines
Next, I cut the plastic off the old blocks that were attached to the traveler car using a dremel tool
Then using the new blocks and shackles, I attached the two double blocks with beckets onto the traveler car, and the other two blocks onto the ends of the traveler rail. I then reattached the lines, starting from a bow line at the becket
This gives me a 5:1 and should be a lot easier to use under heavy wind!