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Old 24-08-2011, 11:25   #1
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Batten Pocket Part ID

hey folks,

my sailboat came with a fully-battened mainsail, along with 1.5" blue fiberglass battens. I wasn't sure why they weren't installed in the sails when I got it, but I quickly discovered that it was because there were parts missing from batten pockets.

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I spent weeks trying different methods of tying the nylon strap around the metal piece to keep the batts in place, but nothing I do seems to work very well. The white nylon strap end (not shown) is just a straight cut, nothing fancy.

Logic and research tell me that there's some plastic bit needed to fit onto the end of the batts, into which that nylon strap must thread... but I do not have these bits! I'd be happy to try to find some of them, if only I knew what they were called!

The hardware is labelled 'Rutgerson Sweden', and there's a strong chance the fiberglass batts I have did not originally come with the sail. Can anyone identify the missing part, and perhaps send me a link to where I could purchase them or a photo so that I could try to fashion something myself?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Batten Pocket Part ID

...nobody knows what that part is called?
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Re: Batten Pocket Part ID

Does the white strap have velcro forming a little pocket at its bitter end?
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Re: Batten Pocket Part ID

I have the same batten pockets... and I have the fittings too...however im in Puerto Rico and the pockets are in St. MArtin. I wi
il be back in about a week or two so will be able to send you pictures and probably the name of the batten pocket manufacturers.
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Its actually a wedge type fitting that the webbing goes around, then it locks in under the metal frame in your picture. Ill look around and see if I have a picture of it... If not you'll have to wait till I get back to St. Martin.
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Re: Batten Pocket Part ID

Did you look at the Rutgerson website? Contains lots of info.
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Re: Batten Pocket Part ID

Just an update to say thanks for the help. I found the batten parts online for $5 each, plus $60 shipping (!!!). Instead I bought four plastic snap buckles, the kind you'd see on a backpack, and shaved the battens down a little to fit into one half of the buckle, which allows me to fasten the battens in acceptably.
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