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Brent Swain
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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat

If your roach touches your backstay , you are least likely to be reefed in light conditions, when the main will be fully up, the boat rocking in the swell, and the roach being dragged across the backstay on every swell, sometimes for days on end.
Roachless is the best way to go for an offshore boat. It will reduce your weather helm considerably, and greatly extend the life of your sail.
I sailed from BC to New Zealand with my flag flapping in the breeze the whole way, arriving there with it in good condition. That's a lot of flaps.The damage from a bit of flapping is greatly over rated. UV is the biggest killer of sailcloth, far greater than any flaping. A good drop in sail bag held up by lazy jacks will do a lot to extend the life of your sails, far more than worrying about a bit of occasional flapping.
Friends who removed their battens and let the roach flap, say they got a much longer life out of their mainsails than they ever did with the battens in.

Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"

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