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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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