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Sail battens

Post by PeterV » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:54 pm

I took an old sail to Netley which didn't have all the battens in it, so I had to cut down one of the wooden sail battens out of the Elvestrom sail to fit the narrower pocket. Does anyone know where I can get a new (tapered) wooden batten or, if I have to make one what I should make it from. I used to buy ramin 'planks' for catamaran sail batens, I don't know if these are still available.

Having taken an old sail I'm very glad I did, if I'd taken the good sail I would have used it and knackered it!
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Re: Sail battens

Post by Ed » Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:22 pm

you do occasionally see tapered wooden battens for sale. Normally the 2in wide ones.

Older more traditional chandleries.....trying to think when I last saw them, a while maybe, but not that long ago.

If you had to buy the wood, I think many would do as long as it was lightish and pretty straight grained.

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Re: Sail battens

Post by JimC » Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:16 am

Ed wrote:If you had to buy the wood, I think many would do as long as it was lightish and pretty straight grained.
I got some made from cedar for Queenie's 1972 fully battened sail when I needed them for Sailboat and durability was irrelevant. Quick and cheap, but subsequent experience showed that, as expected, they wren't up to actually being used. Been recycled into various bits of Canoe and so on now:-)

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Re: Sail battens

Post by alan williams » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:32 am

Years ago Ash was considered by the experts in the Hornet fleet as being the only wood suitable for making full length batterns from.
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Re: Sail battens

Post by chris » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:39 am

Some of the wooden battens I have are hickory which is probably slightly superior than ash.Hickory is often used for axe handles etc due to its resistance to splitting, Yandles in Martock may have some hicory or find a place that makes tool handles.

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Re: Sail battens

Post by alan williams » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:49 am

Hi Chris Archers also make long bows by splicing two pick axe handles together with a long crown splice and then shaping and tillering (repeatedly bending the bow and shaving it down, in controlled conditions until required draw weight is met),.
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Re: Sail battens

Post by Rupert » Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:30 pm

Hickory is certainly the best. How long are the battens you need - I'm sure I have some under the pile of crap I call spares, which you would be welcome to.
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