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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:52 pm 
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Does anyone have a set of the soft battens for the top two pockets of the STX main sail that they would sell?

Also, do the soft battens have the word "soft" printed on them, like the hard battens have the word "hard"?

A previous post in this forum suggests that both soft and hard battens were provide with boats that came with the STX main sail, but my 2006 Tiger (sail 1696), which I purchased from a Hobie dealer in 2007 as a "demo", had only the hard battens. My dealer has been looking into the matter, but didn't sound optimistic about any being available soon.

Another previous post suggests that the soft battens should generally be used, and make a significant difference. I believe I've also read that the only time to use the hard battens is in very heavy wind, when they help de-power by flattening the top of the sail.

I am thinking that the hard battens might be contributing to my slow speed upwind, and little increase in speed when I foot. Even though we are near minimum weight, in medium winds it seems like we are under-powered for the amount of mast bend / spreader rake / diamond wire tension. And in very light wind I have to pull the boom really hard & fast to get the top battens to pop over. (We put them in with minimal tension, just snug.) So, I'd sure like to see if the soft battens help.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:30 pm 
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You can get some H20 battens to use - buy the # 7 & #6, (they are 47" and 60 respectively - and can be trimmed to work as the #1 & #2 on the Tiger...We've done it in the past and they are the same and work great.

To measure the weights - just push battens down on a scale and see what it reads - and trim to fit (not always will you want to trim all off the front - but might trim some off the back and then drill a new hole for the tie string)
Feel free to hit me up 'off' the board if you have further questions, my e mail contact is below


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:29 pm 
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Jacques - Thanks for your reply! I will research batten weights and trimming, and might have additional questions following that.

Also, congratulations on a great finish in the Alter Cup! Looked to me like if there had been another race or two, you & Greg would have won.


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