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Old 16-05-2011, 11:44   #16
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Re: Full Batten Main or Partial

Like so much boat gear and rigging - what works for some, doesn't work the same way for others. For example, a friend just decided to change from in mast furling to in-boom fuling - so decided to put in a new mast. I would never have in mast fuling, might consider in-boom like my friend (I wouldn't need a new mast), but I am not unhappy with my full battens. I will admit I have thought about remove the bottom one - leaving me with 4 ....
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Re: Full Batten Main or Partial

Originally Posted by islandplanet View Post
I've skippered 13 of my own boats, taught people how to sail, run day charter boats, and run Island Planet Sails for the past 7 years. I've sailed a lot of boats with full battens and a lot of boats without. I've always preferred a 2+2 or 2+3 arrangement except on the catamarans and boats with freestanding rigs like my Freedom 39.

I have a square head fully battened loose footed factory supplied main on my cruising cat but after years of sailing monos with more conventional sails I am struggling with traveller position / sheet & luff tension to get the best out of the main on various points of sailing / motor sailing and also wondering if addition of a cunningham would help.

Anybody got any advice or can point me to any articles? I can't find anything printed that is up to date with the current trend in cat sails.

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Old 17-11-2011, 04:40   #18
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Re: Full Batten Main or Partial

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North Sails: Mainsail Trim

The general idea is that you don't want cat material, you want racing trim tips. Same for cats and monos.
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