Check the OPEN forum for a recent discussion called "Cracked batten protector warping and changing sails draft".
There are two different luff protectors and which one you use depends on your sail's age. I think it was changed sometime around the early 2000's. The old style (80550005) had four fasteners, the new style (12480001) has five fasteners and has "Hobie" molded into it. In my experience, the old style seemed to be much more robust than the new ones.
Both kits come with fasteners, however the new style uses rivets. The old style comes with screws/nuts so it's a more straightforward installation.
If this is for the sail you have shown in your signature, you would need the old-style protector (80550005). One kit does one batten pocket.
Thanks a bunch! Yes, old-style for me. The ones that broke are connected with screws and nuts, not rivets (although I think there may be a Hobie "H" molded into one side - I'll check)
. Basically a $9 lit gets you both sides of the sandwich and all of the fasteners then, correct? Thanks again.
I was right, some of mine were branded by Hobie.....but only because I have a mishmash of protectors on my 26-year-old main. And yes, in my case it was the branded, rivet-style protectors that were broken.
Granted, from the looks of them I suspect they're at least 10 years old, probably more.
'82 Hobie 18 SE with '85 Nationals Prism (White) sails
'73 Laser HID# 3463