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 Post subject: Homemade jib battens
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:04 pm 
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Has anyone experimented with making their own jib battens out of fibreglass from the hardware store. The wind has been blowing and I wanna rig something up while i wait for a proper set to come in.

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade jib battens
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:28 am 
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Yes! You can cut out battens from a thin fiberglass sheet. But we have done this for our 470 and 420 not for Hobie. I won't recommend doing this for a Hobie cat sail.. since the entire sail shape depends on the stiffness of the battens.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade jib battens
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:14 pm 
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I lost a couple of original jib battens and being based in the UK I found it difficult to source originals.
The local chandler sold me some 15mm batten which I cut to length and endcaps.
They work just fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade jib battens
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:48 am 
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In a pinch, any stiff material will do (oak molding?), but fiberglass is preferred as it won't break on the first tack dragging across the mast.


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