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Re: Can someone explain roach to me?

Originally Posted by knuterikt View Post
What do you call this? Furling main with roach
I'm no big fan of furling mains but that problem has a solution.

Yes, I should have noted that, and it's probably a decent solution, given that H-R is now using it... One major advantage I can envision, seems it would allow a main of even greater roach to clear a backstay when tacking, than a sail with horizontal battens...

Still an extremely rare setup on this side of the Atlantic, however - I don't think I've ever actually seen vertical battens on a cruising boat yet over here... Do you know whether such battened mains can be retro-fitted to most existing rigs, or do they require a purpose-built spar with a wider slot? Some of the Hood Stowaway masts I've used, I can't imagine the slot being able to accommodate the additional bulk of battens, without a major modification...

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