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Old 04-09-2010
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A full battened sail has some advantages over a un-battened sail. First, the sail will often be easier to flake and furl. It will flog less. It will often have better shape. It will often have more roach and more power as a result.

However, full-batten sails are also more expensive. They tend to need more maintenance, as the battens tend to chafe the batten pockets. They are heavier.

What boat do you have? Chances are likely that there is a specific mainsail design for your boat. If you vary from that, you may have issues with increased weather or lee helm, reduced ability to point, heeling more, etc.
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