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Went sailing today in moderate winds (10-12 knots). Had a light sail and nothing broke, and nothing appeared to be stressed to anything beyond normal. Until I got back to the slip. While securing the boat, I found that my longest batten was split. It's fibreglass, and it broke right down the middle. It's still in one piece, just broken. Can I repair this?
 

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Which edge broke?

It is generally possible to repair them, but it isn't a good idea long term. Battens are designed around a certain stiffness level, and it's pretty much impossible to repair them back to what they were. Short term a little fiberglass and epoxy will hold it together.
 

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Buy a new batten, last thing you want is it to break completely and poke through your sail. They are pretty cheap, measure it, length and width, and (if you can) thickness, and buy a new one.

I'll add that if you intend to keep sailing, you are better off removing the broken batten than using it broken. Sail shape will stink either way.
 
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