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Old 14-04-2012, 17:26   #1
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How do you get those vertical battens in a furling main?

The topic of battens in a mast furling mainsail comes up occasionally. I've seen some pretty big sails of this type where the long battens could be 40+ feet. Do you put them in first and then hire a helicopter to install yor sail?
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Old 14-04-2012, 18:13   #2
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Re: How do you get those vertical battens in a furling main?

Good question.... they must load from the bottom? I have never seen them.... Had enough trouble with in mast furling dont think I woud want to have more to screw up! Do they somehow allow you to have some leech?
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Old 14-04-2012, 19:01   #3
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Re: How do you get those vertical battens in a furling main?

Vertical battens are kinda outta date for in-mast furling. These days they can build you a sail with inflatable horizontal battens instead. They're called AirBattens.
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Old 14-04-2012, 19:02   #4
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Re: How do you get those vertical battens in a furling main?

Let's see if this loads.
http://www.seldenmast.com/flipbook/d...ED987AD9A0261E

OK I just checked and it wouldn't load the way I wanted. Go to pages 100-101 and there is the sail with improved leech
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Old 14-04-2012, 21:14   #5
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Re: How do you get those vertical battens in a furling main?

Here's a guy putting them in from the bottom on a Moody 44.
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I Google imaged vertical battens and came up with a few hits like that one.
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