When you lose battens...

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When you lose battens...

Postby Gardenshed » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:49 am

Lost two full length battens last friday.
On board, I had short battens from an old mainsail

How to support the roach for the rest of the weekend:
overlap two battens and bind together/secure with duct tape
slide into the batten pocket and mark the inboard end
stitch the batten pocket closed at that point with two rows of stitching
insert the battens and tension as normal


for years I've been resisting the pressure from my wife to throw out the short battens or leave them at home. this increases the satisfaction of making the repair!

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Re: When you lose battens...

Postby Arghiro » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:11 pm

Or carry a couple of lengths of suitable wood or plastic as big as your longest batten. These can then be quickly cut to the required length & used imediately.

Plastic conduit capping & broad flat softwood beading are suitable as cheap spare battens.

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Re: When you lose battens...

Postby sahona » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:52 pm

Some stack packs have what amounts to full length battens in them if the importance is worth the sacrifice.
Otherwise , as the man says - keep the old ones in the boat and not the shed - like me... It's just that there doesn't seem to be a good secondary use for them.(aboard).
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