Join Date: Aug 2003
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The main on my O'day 35 has 3 full battens (the top three) and one partial (the bottom one). The sail always comes right down. It drops real fast at the beginning of the season after I spray SailKote on the mast, and slower at the end of the season, but it always comes right down.
I have lazy jacks on my boat and I drop the main from the mast so that I can flake the sail into the jacks as I drop it. I never have to pull the sail down, it just comes down.
I do believe that the full battens make the sail heavier and harder to hoist. Again, by raising the main from the mast I can jump it all the way to the top and then I use the winch to tension the halyard.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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