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Re: Full vs partial battened main
Another thumbs up for the Rolly Tasker sail makers.
We got a brand new, loose footed, full battened main for our T27 this spring. It was not quite 1/2 the price of the local sail loft but nearly 1 big boat buck cheaper (000). We are quite happy with it. We used the Monterey, CA office of sailwarehouse.com.
We sometimes do miss the Dutchman self flaking system that our old main sail had as this system does not require Lazy Jacks to hold the sail on top of the boom. The Dutchman system does require you to put extra holes in a brand new sail so we passed on that for now and will be adding Lazy Jacks to our rig this fall/spring. Having to manually flake the sail on top of the boom is a small price to pay for the extra speed we gained with the new sail. The main sail has many more shape control devices attached to it than a jib/genoa and is always more work to set up or take down in any case. The Dutchman system added extra work to set up, as do the full battens but as another poster pointed out, the full battens keep the sail from flogging itself to an early death.
We did a lot better in our beer can races this year and I'll bet that only a small fraction of those gains are as a result of our increased skill. The loose footed main with full battens allows you to shape the main sail quite easily to match the conditions.
When we go to replace our now 10 year old Dacron RF genny I would get it from Rolly Tasker in a minute.
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