Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Cam lock on main halyard?
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Vertical battens were added by the previous owner. The SM mast is not made for vertical battens. You will likely have continued issues with then. The majority of owners who have installed vertical battens on a SM experience problems. With lots of extra care and skill, vertical battens can work, but in practical applications, many owners have reported problems. Additionally, your vertical battens may NOT match any other SM battens. The design used was up to the previous owner and the sailmaker. This is NOT true on the 54 mast which was designed by Amel for vertical battens.
Henri Amel's reason for the shortened sail halyards on both masts was to remove clutter. It makes sense because raising and lowering furling sails is not done very often. Once you get accustomed to adding the extension line, you will likely prefer it. Be sure to add the extension line before you do anything else...it is step #1.
Good luck with your new-to-you Amel.