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Old 14-02-2015, 09:56   #16
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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

"Stupid question, How do sailmakers receive and ship battens to customers?"
It's not hard, any of the freight lines will carry a 12 foot long package.
Uship, that Conchfritterz posted a link to, will get you quotes from several companies. We often use Old Dominion Freight Line. They have service from Florida to New York.


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The couple of quotes I got from uship so far are over $260 - close to replacement cost from uk sails.


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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

"The couple of quotes I got from uship so far are over $260 - close to replacement cost from uk sails."


Didn't say it would be cheap, just easy.
I guess it depends on how bad you want the things.
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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

Find someone shipping a boat and lash them to the deck...
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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

Fiberglass battens are fiberglass battens. I would just ask your local sailmaker how much for two 12' battens. Hell, you could make your own pretty easily as well.

Sell the ones in FL on eBay or CL, buy new ones in NY.
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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

Your best bet is a trucking co.. You said shipping, I think you are only speaking UPS, Post Office, etc.. They won't pick up or drip off at the door but you might find them reasonable.
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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

Mark: that's what i was originally hoping for - that someone on this forum would be making the trip, or shipping the boat, or driving and could take for a small fee (small compared to the $250 costs i'm looking at now)...

Suijin: how do i do that? i can get triaxial cloth, i have west systems epoxy, and i've worked with fiberglass before. i can (probably) make a 12" batten (it may look ugly but so what) - but a 12' batten? how do i make it "to specs" - at least straight enough, without voids, have at least approximately the desired thickness, etc? i have no shop, not even a garage (there might be a stretch of floor space in my apartment that is 12 foot long, but i'd have to move furniture around).

sailmakers and other manufacturers: there are options, and the battens themselves "at the source" would be reasonably priced; it's when you include delivery costs (shipping/trucking/whatever it's properly called) that it becomes $260 for a pair, and stops being reasonable.
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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

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Mark: that's what i was originally hoping for - that someone on this forum would be making the trip, or shipping the boat, or driving and could take for a small fee (small compared to the $250 costs i'm looking at now)...

Suijin: how do i do that? i can get triaxial cloth, i have west systems epoxy, and i've worked with fiberglass before. i can (probably) make a 12" batten (it may look ugly but so what) - but a 12' batten? how do i make it "to specs" - at least straight enough, without voids, have at least approximately the desired thickness, etc? i have no shop, not even a garage (there might be a stretch of floor space in my apartment that is 12 foot long, but i'd have to move furniture around).

sailmakers and other manufacturers: there are options, and the battens themselves "at the source" would be reasonably priced; it's when you include delivery costs (shipping/trucking/whatever it's properly called) that it becomes $260 for a pair, and stops being reasonable.
If you decide to make them,you buy a length of pvc pipe & wax it.That is your mold.Wrap 6"wide GRP tape(as used for seams & "stitch & glue" boat buildingWrap it around pipe in spiral,like a barbour pole.Alternate slant of spiral on each successive wrap-just like a f-glas antenna.

Or find a snowbird coming north.

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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

These are for a boom bag, right? If so, not too highly stressed, so consider the following:
Cut them in half on a long slant. Now short enough to send by normal means.

Epoxy the two halves back together. When cured, wrap the joint with f/g tape and epoxy for the length of the joint plus maybe six inches each side. Perhaps three layers or so.
Should be strong enough for this application.

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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

Hard to find someone in FL if you do not say where in the state it is.

Making your own, Rather than fooling with FG and epoxy or polyester resin, try getting some orthopedic fiberglass casting tape and spirally wrapping it around the PVC. Probably two layers would be enough to stiffen it nicely. It is a urethane resin. It hardens fast, no mess and pretty strong. Probably cheaper than epoxy too.
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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

Len - clever! i'll think about doing that. Or indeed cut and splice.

Jim - cutting on a slant would mean cutting twice per pole (6' max size of the shipping tube i've found with fedex/ups). but you're right, i do hope there's not much stress on it, it is a boom bag. the earlier plan was to sleeve if cut.

Thank you everyone for the suggestions. if, still, someone is heading north to NYC from Miami and does bring it up here for $50 or alcohol equivalent, i will be grateful!
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$50 or alcohol equivalent, i will be grateful!
Sure. In a NYC bar that equivalent would be like 2 G&Ts.
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Re: help bringing 2 long but light sticks from FL to NY?

OK. So cut in half. Buy a short length of PVC with inside diameter the size of the outside diameter of the batten. Use a 6" length of PVC. Apply epoxy to 2" ends of battens. Slip 6" PVC over ends of (2) 6' pieces of batten. Done!
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