Most full battens have a special car or sail slug that allows them to articulate a bit at the luff. On the Harken system, the battens actually go into the Battcar.
A fully battened main with an extended roach can have better performance than an unbattened main, and a bit better shape than a partially battened main.
Some cruising sailor swear by fully-battened mainsails, as the battens can help you with flaking or reefing the main... but others swear at them...
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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