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    Posted: 10 Jan 17 at 7:27pm
I have searched on line and looked in back issues  of newsletters and can't find much information on setting the Streaker mainsheet traveler, the strop type on the rear deck, like Laser. 

The only information I can find is that the boom should be over the leeward corner of the boat and a bit slacker in light winds. I understand that single sails should not be as trimmed as close as a boat with a jib as the jib bends the air flow.

When I pull the main in it neatly sits at an angle, if I tack, pull the main in to the same tension the boom seams to at a different angle. I always appear to get a lot of variation in the boom position. Clearly there are a number of variables, strop length, main sheet tension and friction especially the strop block. Clearly five degrees difference in angle of incidence will have a big difference and speed and or heading. 

I watched videos of Tom Gillard and his boom seams to uniformly return to the same position on each tack but he does adjust the traveler to tune the boat.

Any options, guidance greatly received 

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Tension in/length of the traveller should allow that the last bit of mainsheet tension controls mast bend and leech tension without over or under sheeting the sail.  If you look at photos of all the top guys they all have the length about the same.  Worth using that as a baseline.  If you are getting different angles on each tack it's worth looking at how freely your traveller/strop block is running.

You might try the facebook group to get some more streaker relevant answers.
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Big thanks Ardea, good advice I will take on board.
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