Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Knot failures
After losing a couple of battens overboard, I finally sewed deep, triangular pockets into my sails. Can't find a picture but they are triangular pieces at the leech into which the batten ends drop after sliding in. It's next to impossible for them to ever shake out and eliminates any tie-off system or hardware. Tying off batten ends is generally a bad system, prone to loosening and spitting out battens to the deep blue:-) +1 on more than one initial wrap on a cleat hitch if the cleat is a large one. Looking at the cleat hitches along docks everywhere, I've noticed that MOST of them are tied incorrectly.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 05-20-2015 at 08:35 AM.