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I have a jib for my Solcat 18 that uses battens - and big ones for that. How important are they in a jib when not racing? They look like a lot of trouble if the jib starts to flog during tacking. Never sailed a boat with battens in a jib. Any hints or advice?
 

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If the battens are full and the LP is much above 95 percent then yes a PITA and inefficient as well ... Full battens flatten down the leading edge of the jib and a fast boat such as a cat or planing hulled boat really needs a 'rounded' luff entry on the jib. Better to go with long-ish jib battens so that you can more adequately control the shape of the luff via halyard/Cunningham tension - IMO. In a FAST or planing hulled boat the topmost battens are the most important especially when not closehauled. Such jibs with battens usually have a bit of inbuilt roach, so they're necessary to hold the overall shape and to ensure that the leech ... At the second from the top batten ... is somewhat parallel to the boat centerline when beating, etc.
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