Re: {Disarmed} [Amel Yacht Owners] Vertical Battens on SM main and mizzen

Anne & John Hollamby <annejohn@...>

Hello Graham,
I have not yet had to replace my sails but if I did I would have vertical battens to increase the size of the main and mizzen. I did this on my previous yacht and increased the size of the main by 7% and the appearance by 100% with the positive roach instead of a negative one.
This gives no furling problems although most people assume that it will. If the foot of the main is say four meters then a batten half way up will be in a roll of only two meters so unless the battens are tree trunks no probs.
Go for it!

Best wishes from Istanbul, John SM319

----- Original Message -----
From: Graham Boyd
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2007 10:29 PM
Subject: {Disarmed} [Amel Yacht Owners] Vertical Battens on SM main and mizzen

I am about to replace the main and mizzen sail on my SM 140. I would
like to have the new sails made with vertical battens (either full
length or short ones like the Amel 54). Has anyone out there fitted
sails like this to a SM and if so is there any problems with the sails
catching during furling and unfurling or merely fitting into the masts
when furled? Has any one any recommendation of sail makers that have
fitted these sails to a SM? I am hoping that by getting some roach
into the main and mizzen this will help improve light air performance.


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