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So I am starting to look into getting a new mainsail and am new to the process. My main question as of now is how many full battens I should get. What are the pro/cons of full battens and how many of them you have?
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We will be placing an order for new sails once we haul out.(Oct. 7) Our 26 yr. old mainsail has 4 partial battens. We have a friend with the same boat that has two full battens at the top and two partials at the bottom. We love the way it flies. I asked our sailmaker about the same setup for ours and he agreed that it would be good to set ours up similarly. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is maybe you could find a similar boat and see how it's setup. And find a sailmaker you trust.
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I say to go full battens all around. Aside from maybe better shape-keeping, it simplifies flaking the sail by keeping the leech in order. Not a maybe if you have used them, lessen to save a few dollars.

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Re: New sail questions

Each has (like anything in sailing) their pros and cons.
What sort of sailing do you want to use it for?

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Re: New sail questions

A friend who just went through similar questions for his Yankee 30 (a very very very similar boat to a Tartan 30) decided to go with 2+2. This was after talking to about 4 sail lofts and getting their opinions.

This is also a frequently asked question, here are a couple of threads on it:
Full Batten or Partial Batten Main?
Full or partial battens?
Full vs partial battened main

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Re: New sail questions

Most club racers will go with 1 full batten. More ability to control sail shape. All full battens are for cruiser only. I just replaced my 25+ year old main this spring and also went with the 2 full/2 partial configuration. I like it. My old sail had 4 full battens, and I didn't really like the "locked in shape" and found the long heavy lower full battens to be a bit of a pain.
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Re: New sail questions

I hear that.
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I have always wondered that about the battens.. I guess it has to depend on your usage of the sail, whether it be racing, race/cruise, or just cruising.
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Re: New sail questions

Here is a pic of our main from a race on Sunday. 2 full, 2 partial battens. I like this combo. I had a full batten main on a previous boat. As other have said, it was hard to trim correctly and the lower battens were a bit unwieldy.
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Re: New sail questions

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So I am starting to look into getting a new mainsail and am new to the process. My main question as of now is how many full battens I should get. What are the pro/cons of full battens and how many of them you have?
Full battens give you excellent sail shape for whatever type of sailing you will be doing. They will maintain the shape and allow the sail to last longer. However, the real question is what type of track/slides do you have on your mast. If you have an internal track for sliders, the full length battens will bind up and make it hard to hoist. Of course the longer battens, lower on the sail, will make it harder to hoist as you get toward the top of the hoist. A track mounted externally on the mast will allow for the addition of "batten cars" usually ball bearing type and make it easy to hoist.

Personally I have a Harken "a" track and use intermediate sliders and have two full battens and never have a problem hoisting, I would like to add 2 more full battens to my sail for the shape (yes I do club race). Of course this will cost me more than if I had added them when I built the sail.
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