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This Olympics will be riveting, for a myriad of reasons there has never been one quite like it. The event will consist of a ten-race series plus medal race spread over up to eight days, with just one discard. Racing will take place in Enoshima, a small peninsula in the middle of the South-facing Sagami bay. Even in summer the bay can produce a lethal swell as the seabed shelves from nearly a kilometre deep up to the shallow depths near the coast. Not many events contain a provision in the sailing instructions for a tsunami, let alone an Olympics.... 
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Our 5mm SK78 traveller works great and has been the traveller used by both myself and GBR Team sailor Micky Beckett for years.  However in the constant desire to improve and develop something better, we have spent over a year developing a new traveller.

A traveller has to do a number of things, and for one traveller to do all of them well is incredibly difficult.  Let’s look at what’s important:

  • Cleat well: One of the biggest problems with some 12 strand Dyneema lines is that they are usually oval in cross-section and some lines just don’t want to cleat.  Our 5mm D12 traveller that we have been selling for many years was selected on its ability to cleat well.  Covered, round lines, have the ability to cleat exceptionally well.
  • Lowest stretch possible: Stretch is one of the most misunderstood subjects especially where 12 strand Dyneema is concerned, and we could write a whole page about it. In fact we did and it’s here…
  • Smoothness over the tiller: You want as little friction over the tiller wear plate for ultimate feel in light winds.
  • Ability to keep the blocks in the corners: A combination of minimal stretch, together with a surface texture that helps keep the blocks out in the critical 5-8 knot range.
  • Durability: It’s a hard life being a traveller and we wrote a whole article on that subject for one of our newsletters late last year.


In our search for the ultimate traveller we have built around 20 prototypes that have been tested by top sailors in the UK and in the USA.  As a result of all this development and testing we are releasing our ‘ultimate’ traveller, the ProMAX-99.

Our ProMAX-99 scores 5* on everything except durability – here we offer a word of caution, especially if you are sailing with a damaged or poorly positioned tiller wear plate, or worse still, no wear plate at all.  Our ProMAX-99 traveller uses a thick Dyneema core with a beautiful but thin cover, which will get damaged very quickly if your tiller wear plate is damaged, has rough edges, or is misplaced causing the traveller line to rub against the transition between the wear plate and tiller when the tiller is hard over during sculling.  Even worse is if you have no wear plate as the microscopic fibres of carbon on your tiller will tear the cover.

Our ProMAX-99 traveller was used last summer by Team GBR sailors at the UK Nationals and Senior European Championships, finishing 1-2 in both events!  This what Micky has to say about it…..

“This is the best traveller I’ve used. It was quite easy to appreciate that as soon as I put it on, it out-performed anything else I’ve ever tried. It cleats instantly and easily and doesn’t slip, it’s lasted very well showing minimal wear after an intense and windy summer of sailing. In that wind range where you really want the traveller to sit down in the corner, 5 – 8 knots, the rope provides a nice amount of friction to stop the blocks sliding up, without being so heavy-duty that it impedes the movement of the tiller underneath it. It’s fantastic, I would highly recommend it.”  - Michael Beckett

Tested by GBR Team sailors and chosen by them as the ultimate traveller, our new ProMAX-99 traveller is now available.  Chosen for the Tokyo Olympics!

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Just out is the UKLA's Yearbook, celebrating 50 years of the greatest singlehander. A great read! You can find it on Issuu here
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While it probably doesn’t cover everything, you may find the following ten point checklist useful to get your boat in top shape for the season…

1 – Check your gudgeons for signs of wear…. Replacement gudgeons are just £5.95 each
2 – Check your traveller for wear, especially at the edges where it rubs the alloy traveller eyes. Our spliced Dyneema traveller is still just £17.50.
3 – Has your centreboard brake seen better days? Replace it for just £1.95
4 – Protect the front top of your centreboard slot from wear with our wear protect pad. It also provide increased friction at the front to help keep your centreboard down.
5 – Check your control lines for wear, especially where they pass through the cleats. Also check where they rub up against the kicker fitting as this can also wear away your lines. Most control line ropes have an outer cover and a core, and the cover can suddenly give way when it is excessively worn. The signs of impending failure are a ‘fluffing up’ of the cover where it has been subject to wear in the cleating area, or where it has snagged. We have a wide range of pre-cut control lines for your outhauldownhaul and kicker, as well as rope by the metre.
6 – Have a look at your tiller extension universal joint for the first signs of any cracking…
7 – Mast wear – reduce wear of both your boat and mast with mast wear strips and mast step protection disk.
8 – Check your kicker key for signs of distortion/cracking where the flat top disk meets the shaft. The MkII rig is especially tough on kicker keys. We sell stronger kicker keys from both Harken and Allen from just £4.95
9 – Check your downhaul primary line for signs of excessive wear.
10 – Often neglected as it is a bit hidden away – have a look at the small black fairlead on your kicker assembly and look to see how grooved it has become. Turn it around to get more life out of it, or buy the new one which is made by Harken with a slightly harder plastic for just £3.60.

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Updated 16th March 2021 to reflect our new website.  Our new website now offers the ability to see prices and pay in multiple currencies, and to obtain tax-free prices. When you select a currency other that GBP£ you will see tax free prices, which is the price that you will pay provided that your delivery address is outside of the UK.   Please note that to pay in currency other than GBP£ use the credit/debit card checkout as PayPal is only in GBP£.

Sales to the European Union. On the 31st December 2020 the transitional period after leaving the European Union ended and the United Kingdom left the single market/customs union. Until 1 July 2021, sales to the European Union are now free of the 20% Value Added Tax (VAT) that is within our web pricing, BUT please note you may be liable for taxes/duties when your package reaches your country (this will vary from country to country and order value). 

On the 1st July 2021 the EU is implementing a new system for web-shops such as Southeast Sailboats to add the appropriate VAT for the destination EU country to enable more rapid delivery to customers.

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One of the most frequent questions that Southeast Sailboats is asked is what is the best outhaul configuration and the pros and cons of each?  If you look at photos of the top sailors it’s clear that there is no consensus on the best configuration.  In this article Southeast Sailboats has asked multiple world champion and Olympic Coach Jon Emmett; Team GBR sailors Micky Beckett and Matilda Nicholls; and 2020 UK Masters ILCA Standard National Champion Orlando Gledhill for their thoughts on the subject.
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Southeast Sailboats sponsored sailor Micky Beckett has written this great summary of his 2020 season.  “If I remember all the way back to March, and it feels like long enough ago, I was in Palma a few weeks ahead of the Princess Trofia Regatta. This remained the plan for about three days after arriving, and then our intentions evaporated on the 14th March. We had been following the terrifying progress of COVID-19 through the international population with as much disdain and disbelief as anyone else, but this was the day when our world turned upside down. 
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Improve the ease of use of your kicker/vang with these new solutions from Harken and Allen.

Our Harken based solution uses a 29mm Fly block with Dyneema loop and shackle/key. The 29mm Fly block features a titanium sheave for strength/light weight, and our Dyneema loop has been strength tested at Marlow ropes to greater than 1000Kg. The kicker key is the newer/stronger type and the shackle screw is secured with Locktite – we leave nothing to chance.

The Allen solution is neater. Earlier this year Southeast Sailboats asked Allen if they would manufacture a custom version of their 2030 Extreme High Load block so that the kicker key could be attached to the block without using a loop/shackle. This new block is now in stock. Featuring Allen patented dynamic bearing technology with CNC machined aluminium side cheeks and a precision turned stainless steel sheave this 30mm block makes a significant difference to the free running of the kicker making it easier to pull on.  The Allen solution is heavier than the Harken as it has a stainless rather than titanium sheave, but is neater due to the integrated kicker key.

Have a look at our premium kicker/vang top block solutions from Allen and Harken, and what GBR Team member Michael Beckett has to say about his testing of the Harken solution here….

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