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Battens will fly! Better way?
I have a new (to me) Beneteau 505. This past week, while putting the sail
into the stack-pack (spelling?), a batten came out and clattered onto the deck. So I put it back in, and adjusted the end-piece/tube-set-screw that holds it in.
Then a couple days later, I was standing on the seat, looking over the bimini while approaching an islet. The main was up and luffing as we headed into the wind. The batten flew past my head like a speargun shaft and nearly killed me. It was a white blur that I saw go by. (This was in about 25 feet of water, near shore in an area I could search by snorkling. Visibility=15 feet.)
Too late for that batten, I noticed another batten slipping out. For that one, I rolled a thickness of electrical tape around it, before the little batten tube, so that even if it slides out of the little batten tube with the set screw, it won't go far.
Is there a better way to do this? I doubt other people are sailing around with a wad of electrical tape on their battens.