Carbon battens topic

David Whyte posted this 11 November 2018

I'd be interested to know the benefits, if any, of carbon fibre battens. Is there any appreciable advantage?

David Whyte 4766

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Ali Gordon posted this 17 November 2018

I've got a set if you want to try them Ali

David Whyte posted this 15 November 2018

Thanks guys. There's not a lot on carbon battens out there, esp for dinghies, however there is a good conversation the Supernova Association website - Reference there is to "epoxy" battens which I take to be carbon infused with epoxy. Also I found some technical comment on manufacturers' websites - and

Difficult to draw many conclusions other than that they're: lighter; stronger i.e. stiffer; possibly more susceptible to fracturing esp if the sail is allowed to flog; they don't enhance speed directly but make the sail easier to control, which should enhance speed around the course; they can be manufactured to achieve predetermined bend characteristics.

It is suggested that they can pull the flow forward in stronger winds but in the age of laminate sails how much that can be done must be debatable.

Oh, and they're more expensive than ordinary battens!

DDW (4766)

Chris Brown posted this 15 November 2018

there more responsive . so act quicker . i have brand new set .north

Barrie Woodhall posted this 12 November 2018

I haven't noticed any appreciable difference apart from being a lot lighter than conventional battens. As I sail with an HD gold sail which is a lightweight sail compared to a Dacron it therefore seemed logical to have battens as light as possible. They give a good sail shape although in heavy winds I think the top batten is too flexible.

Barrie Woodhall 5642

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