Installing a New Traveller

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Afterdeck painted but will need some touch-up after a complete dry (two weeks). Fittings removed from cockpit to prepare it for painting and a new traveller on the bridgedeck.

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Here’s the custom Garehauer traveler in place. The old traveler had a teak shim piece underneath to make a flat run for mounting. I plan to do the same thing with G10 and paint it along with the cockpit.

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No surprise, the old traveler mounting screw holes had not been core-bonded. But only one hole showed any dark balsa. So I took care of that using this little bit to remove balsa from around the inside of the holes before filling with epoxy/Cabosil.

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G10 wedges for the ends of the traveler support.

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Long flat piece for the middle section.

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Machine screws into the existing mounting holes positions everything while the epoxy cures.

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Made sure to coat the machine screws with mold-release wax before insertion.

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Added a fillet of fairing compound.

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Cockpit primed and ready for two-part polyurethane topcoat.

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