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Major advantages of full batten mains are:
- Greater sail area, since a fully battened main can have a greater roach
- Can often use slightly lighter cloth than would otherwise be possible due to having the battens—this is basically a wash most of the time since you have the additional weight of the battens
- Less flogging, since the battens help prevent the sail from flogging
- Easier flaking of the mainsail due to the battens, especially if used with lazyjacks
- Better sail shape in light air
- Better off the wind boat speed
- Less noisy
Some disadvantages of full batten mains are:
- Slightly higher maintenance, since the batten pockets are often an area that requires repair
- Slightly higher cost to buy than battenless sails
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
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