One problem with full-batten mainsails is that batten pockets are often major sources of wear and tear on the sails.
They are also heavier than non-battened sails...since the battens add weight to the sail...and so does the additional roach area.
They are often harder to raise or lower due to the pressure that the battens put against the sailtrack on the mast, and many people resort to expensive battcar systems to deal with that issue.
They're more expensive to buy, since they require additional work and materials.
That said... they can often give better performance than un-battened sails. They tend to flog less and are often easier to reef and flake, since the battens tend to keep the sail aligned. They allow you to carry more sail area than you could with out them.
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