Battens on North Sail

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Postby Guest » Sat Jul 06, 2002 7:00 pm

We just bought a new J-80 class North main sail and were having trouble figuring out how the battens are inserted with the velcro material with the string on it. The battens go in, but we can't decide how the velcro material is used to hold the batten in place.

Any suggestions?
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Postby Guest » Sun Jul 07, 2002 3:18 pm

There should be a narrow (less than 1/2")short length of batten (about 10" or so) that came with the sail) It might be tied onto the bag.

The end of the velcro tab will have a pocket or some other type of loop that the "batten pusher" (thats what I call the short batten in anycase) fits into. Holding the string out, use the battern pusher to push the velcro material into the batten pocket. Once the velcro is snug, pull the batten pusher out of the pocket. The velcro should stay behind. When you need to take the batten out pull on the little piece of the string that should still be sticking out of the batten pocket. (That's why you keep it out in the first place.)

If you didn't get a batten pusher, you can make one on your own. Any flat object that is longer than the longest velcro tap will do. An old batten it best but make sure it is narrow enough to fit into the pocket easily. A screwdriver would work in a pinch but be careful as the sharp metal edge can damage the sail and the pocket.

-Tak
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Postby Guest » Mon Jul 08, 2002 12:10 am

Tak is correct -and thanks. Judy, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to give me a call. 281-334-7559

Jay Lutz
North Sails
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