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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:55 am 
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... and if I got new battens should I go with the hobie ones again (of course) or the new style foam cored ones?

this would be on an old mainsail ('83 I think... blue Hawaii style)... the main is in good shape.

thx, -Rob


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:23 am 
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I think battens are a lot more forgiving than the old Main. Foam core/tapered might give you better performance, but if they're not broken, you're old battens should be good.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:31 am 
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yeah, I don't know.. the main is pretty good, not new for sure... and a new one would be biggest bang for the buck I think.... but somewhere along the way I got the idea that old battens got stiff as they age... and there may be some benefit is newer ones...


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:36 am 
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If you really think they got stiffer with age (which would surprise me), you could sand a little off and make them more flexible. If you sand them too thin and they break, then you can buy new ones.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:01 am 
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well they're stiffer than my SX battens which are 10 years newer... but yeah, (Duh) I can always sand them....

isn't the forum great? thank you....

you going to the 2013 NACs?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:09 am 
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Hoping to, Rob. Barbie and I are planning on it right now. Barbie is back in school right now but hopes to play hooky for the week.

How about you?

Jim


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:21 am 
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hopeful, but prob not with new job and little vacation time...
we hosted the MWEs though and had great sailing w/Steve Cooley.

boat's holding up well... it's my island camper SUV, my souped up squaretop F17 spinnaker go fast, and old school just the way she was made class racer. :-)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:30 am 
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Wished we could have made MWE. (School again). You guys put on great regattas!

For an all around great boat, you just can't beat the 18 :)

Hope to see you in Texas.

Jim


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