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Old 17th November 2010, 04:51 PM   #3
Farlo
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Interesting. From what I've seen in recent sails, battens are more or less "decoupled" from the cams. This was not the case with soft cambers where battens were pressing on the mast. But now battens mostly support the sail's body while cams give shape to the mast sleeve. Some sails allow you to remove cams and keep fully tensioned battens. Wrinkles may appear on the luff, and disappear under wind load. The sail may change profile in lulls... good or bad thing?? By the way my shophandler advises to keep battens slighty undertensioned, even in high performance sails.
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