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battens

Postby bg5w » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:44 pm

I recently had my main repaired as needed, after an inspection by a sail loft indicated still in pretty good shape. I decided to replace the battens with stiffer ones.
When installing the new ones of the same length, they are sticking out of the pocket at the leach by an inch. Question - is the luff end of the batten installed up against the car, or are the two car halves loosened, and the forward end of the batten inserted into the car? This would make the car and batten a single unit at the luff.

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Re: battens

Postby thinwater » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:05 pm

Pictures. This depends on the hardware style. But yes, there should be some sort of pocket in the hardware that it fits into. Otherwise, it will soon cut its way through the cloth.

You also need a good way to apply some compression. It is the cloth tension that supports the roach.
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Re: battens

Postby Phenix » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:23 pm

My battens slide into the car at the luff, then they are held in place (compressed) at the leech by a velcro strap (similar to what is described here: http://www.leesails.com/velcro.htm).

As thinwater points out, it is important that the batten slide into the car at the luff. Otherwise, you will get chafe there and a properly-sized batten will protrude out the pocket at the leech.
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Re: battens

Postby bg5w » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:04 pm

as follow- up, the battens slid readily into the cars when I had a helper. Simply a two-man job. Sail shape was improved considerably.

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