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Batten Replacements?

In prepping for this season I'd really like to replace my battens. I have four. Three are fiberglass (two of which have stress fractures) and one appears to be made out of teak? Does anyone know where to get replacements? Or, has anyone ever made replacements yourself? If so, how did you do it?
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Any marine store (West Marine, etc) will have them in stock our to order. In a pinch as emergency replacement, you can cut a hardware store wooden yardstick to length. Back in the old days we always kept a couple on board. They're often free or very cheap.
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Re: Batten Replacements?

Sailmakers will have stock too. Depending on your pocket design, battens can be cut to length as required.. racers will generally be pickier about flexibility, taper, etc.

Who can find a wooden yardstick these days???
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Re: Batten Replacements?

Sailrite has them.

Battens & End Caps ? Sailrite
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Thanks, I'll have to measure mine but the cost looks reasonable. I'm not a fan of West Marine after a friend of mine, a store manager, showed me the mark-ups on everything that they sell.
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Thanks, I'll have to measure mine but the cost looks reasonable. I'm not a fan of West Marine after a friend of mine, a store manager, showed me the mark-ups on everything that they sell.
You were expecting them to be non-profit maybe?
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You were expecting them to be non-profit maybe?
Hardly. But when a 5 cent screw costs $1.50 at WM because it's "marine grade", I call foul.
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In prepping for this season I'd really like to replace my battens...
Why not just eliminate them?. No roach, no battens, no chafe and you can reef on any point of sail. The sail area/speed you loose is negligible....
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Why not just eliminate them?. No roach, no battens, no chafe and you can reef on any point of sail. The sail area/speed you loose is negligible....
Funny you should mention that. I sailed for three months before I realized that I even had battens. Newbie and all. But, I figured that if the sails were made for battens, it would probably make sense to use them. Can you expand on the pros and cons?
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Re: Batten Replacements?

Full length battens are costly, but the short battens found in many boats are very affordable. You may not notice the difference as a newbie/non-racer, especially with older, stretched ("blown-out") sails, but battens help keep a smooth trailing edge shape to your sails. This not only provides for better airflow (less turbulence), but also minimizes the flutter in your leech, thereby extending the life of your sail.

The only "cons" I can think of is that they are not free and that you need to assure they are properly captured in the batten pocket.
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