I can only answer the question in relation to the batten less main. (Fresh from the boat show) For a cruising vessel not having battens has a number of advantages. e.g. There is less wear on the sail and it should last three times longer than a battened sail, it can be reefed without having to head up wind, in fact it can be reefed while still powered up, it can be let out further when running. A good sail maker can make a proper main without battens work perfectly well, if they say they canít, find a proper sail maker. There were other reasons but a kid at the back of the seminar would not shut up.
Don't believe everything the Pardees have to say.