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mainsail batten

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The longest batten (second from the top) on my mainsail seems a 1/2 inch too long. When I drop the main and fold the sail over the boom, the batten gets really stretched (and starts pushing on the forward pocket). The pocket is starting to show signs of wear.

Is it possible the batten is too long?
Can I shorten the batten? Will that help?

Any advice, suggestions.

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Re: mainsail batten

What size/type of boat are we discussing? Most battens insert into an elastic tensioner within the pocket.. if the batten is wearing on the stitching of the pocket it may well be too long, but you want some retaining tension or it's likely to eject itself when the sail flogs occasionally.

It's easy to shorten them, use a hacksaw, but be careful...

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Re: mainsail batten

Hi.
Thanks for the reply. It is a C&C 27. Newer loose-footed main. The boat is new to me this year, so just getting to know everything.
I believe there is an elastic tensioner. The battens close in with a velcro flap that folds over.
My thoughts are to just shorten it with a hacksaw, tape the end of it and reinsert. Obviously, once I cut it, can't go back.

so what is the "but be careful..." part?

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......so what is the "but be careful..." part?

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Two things - as you've said yourself, don't cut it too short; and use a file or sandpaper to clean up the cut edge - not your fingers. Fibreglass slivers are no fun.

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Re: mainsail batten

are you sure the batten is in the "pocket" correctly
I bet its not jammed in there right some new battens and old for that matter are really hard to insert unless perfectly straight...

you might have some debris in there or another trick is to round over and fair all edges...this also helps in prevent unwanted rips or cut stitching etc...

make SURE this is not the case before cutting a batten

ps. I didnt get this but are you talking full batten or partial?

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Re: mainsail batten

full batten.

Thanks for the input. I will take it out, check everything over two times, make sure it is all fitted properly before, if needed, making the cut.

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Re: mainsail batten

I BET you something is in the pocket or debris or that its not entering completely

I just did this on my stowed full batten sail and the po left the battens on a shelf angled, or in other words not flat so what happened is they TWISTED so getting the battens in ALL the way was a nightmare!

I had to start twisted and feed it in and let go at the last moment while pushing in at the pocket

I still have the last one to go which is the longest!

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Re: mainsail batten

If you do have to cut the batten, use a fine metal saw (cuts fiberglass battens really well), round off edges with a fine metal file, polish the edge with fine sandpaper (200 grit), AND dip the edge in varnish. Varnish coats the fiberglass and keeps the fibers from splitting off. It also helps in reducing chaff in the sail pockets.
If you think you need to cut 1/2 inch off, cut 1/4 inch off first and see how it fits. You want to have just enough tension. The cut is easy to make so not too much labor is lost if you have to do it twice.
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Re: mainsail batten

many people wrap tape on the ends however the glue gets uv damage and melts and makes a mess

the above method is great...

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Sounds good. I have the fine metal saw. I will bring the metal file and fine sandpaper. But had not known about the varnish. I was going to tape it off with electrical tape.
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