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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:17 pm 
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So we are trying to redo our batton ties on our sails. We baught some 1/8 Dacron from west marine and it was to large for what we wanted and compared to what we had. Murrys only sells the same 1/8 Dacron as well. We found some 3/32 Dacron online at an antenna store. The guy at west marine said they don't get it any more and he had to go to michaels craft store to find it. Unfortunately they also do not sell it anymore as well.
So my questions are is 3/32 Dacron cord what is used?
If not what is? And were do we get it?
Thanks guys in advance!!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:48 am 
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Yes it is 3/32 and hard to find. I think I got mine online from Salty Dog Marine for about ten cents per foot. It is braided polyester.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:48 am 
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Hobie item number RH112WHT (1/12)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:20 am 
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1/12" is roughly 2mm west marine has 98' spools of FSE Robline for $18.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SiteSearch?storeId=11151&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&pageSize=10&beginIndex=0&sType=SimpleSearch&searchTermScope=3&Ns=Most+Popular%7C0&keyword=2mm+line&searchBtn=

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:39 am 
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You need about 18" per main batten. (12 feet) Jib is a little shorter.

RH112WHT is 15 cents a foot. (The Robline works out to .18 per foot)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:14 am 
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mmiller wrote:
You need about 18" per main batten. (12 feet) Jib is a little shorter.

RH112WHT is 15 cents a foot. (The Robline works out to .18 per foot)

sell the other 80 feet at 22 cents a foot

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:49 pm 
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I have a line guide (not sure where I got it) that shows batten ties are 22". I made mine an inch longer to put a stopper knot in each so, if it comes uncleated, I don't lose a batten. Once they fly out of the pocket they sink real fast!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:27 pm 
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Main ties have always been 18" and is what is in our catalog. That is more than enough and if not... the batten is too long. This includes the modern cap and a figure 8 at the end.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:47 pm 
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Hey guys thanks for all the responses. We will try to find the hobie stuff that Matt suggests.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:04 am 
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mmiller wrote:
Main ties have always been 18" and is what is in our catalog. That is more than enough and if not... the batten is too long. This includes the modern cap and a figure 8 at the end.
Must depend of sail cut and/or batten length. On my older Hobie sail the bottom two battens protrude from the pocket by four or five inches. An 18" tie comes up way short. Just curious though...how much should a batten protrude anyway?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:03 am 
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Just enough to get tension batten tension. No reason for longer than that and is just extra weight. Usually longer to account for sail stretch or variances in sails / battens production. You can easily cut shorter. I'd make it 2" out when tensioned.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:37 pm 
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sunvista wrote:
Yes it is 3/32 and hard to find. I think I got mine online from Salty Dog Marine for about ten cents per foot. It is braided polyester.

Thanks sunvista we ended up going with this line from saltydog. I guess no one can get the 1/12 line from hobie. We contact murrys and one other local dealer and they both said the smallest they could get was the 1/8. So we ordered it from salty dog and got the 3/32.
Thanks for all the responses!!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:21 am 
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Take my advice and cut one 18" and see if it works on the batten that sticks out the most. If I had automatically cut mine to 18" I would have had to throw most of them on the mainsail away. Jib should be no problem.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:06 pm 
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contact your local dealer to get the correct batten tie line. my dealer keeps it in stock.


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