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Batten pocket torn

I have discovered that one of my batten pockets has a tear in the end. It's the closed end towards the inside of the sail, not the end on the leach. It's the sail material that has torn, not the threads. The tear is vertical, parallel to the stitching at the end of the pocket. The tear allows the batten to poke out.

How can I repair this tear short of taking it to a sail loft?

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As a stopgap measure you should be able to get some self adhesive sail repair tape to put over the offending tear.

Or you could get a good needle and some strong twine (even dental floss!) and hand sew it closed again.

Also, check that the batten is properly in it's elastic end if that's not blown out too - will lessen the strain on whatever repair you make.

Whichever, it's not likely to last a real long time, as this is a fairly stressed area.

It won't cost a ton to get it properly fixed.
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Defender sells adhesive backed sail repair cloth by the yard. I have used it and it works well. I would still seriously consider taking it to a loft for repair if you intend to use the sail for any period of time.
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... and spiff up the ends of yer batten ...
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You can get decent sail rrepair kits at any decent marine store, if you'll stich the edges with wipping tread it will last longer. Here is a place that cleans and repairs sails Sail Care. I haven't tried them yet but plan to after I get a new main. I want to save the old one for a spare.
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And put tape over the end of the batten, to help protect the batten pocket from chafe.

BTW, IIRC, about 50% of sail repairs on battened main sails has to do with the damn batten pockets.

Danjarch- Sailcare is an excellent company and do really good work.
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Thanks for the help. I've arranged for repair of the pocket and ordered a replacement batten. Follow up question - how do I cut the replacement batten (it isn't coming pre-sized)?
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... depends upon material ... hacksaw would be a good choice for fiberglass or wood ...
avoid mama's steak knives ... and det cord, hard to stay on the line with det cord!

finish with fine sandpaper for a smooth edge and seal with lacquer, some of mama's clear fingernail polish, or whatever ya think will work ... you'll figure it out!
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Thanks, Bob. Hacksaw never occurred to me. I was thinking of the other 4 saws I have and not liking the choices.
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Aye, hacksaw, the professional's choice.
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