Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Replacement batten selection...
Basically battens stiffen the roach of a sail which lies outside the tensioned portion of the sail. The best kind are full length because they eliminate the common failure of battens where they end mid-sail. A Sailmaker's Apprentice has a great section on "dumping the hump," to eliminate battens altogether. I have done this on one sail which I can now hoist without battens. On another sail, with huge roach, I have tried a number of different materials and stiffnesses. None make any appreciable difference and all support the "hump." The ones I like best are the ash wooden battens I made myself. They have nice tapered, rounded corners and are MUCH less slippery and prone to slipping out. I also modified all my batten pockets so they don't lose battens. Most common pockets are completely inadequate and tend to spit battens out and cause sail damage very easily.
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