Swing Battens

In 2000 Doyle Sailmakers came up with an interesting new technology, which they patented. It's called a Swing Batten, and it's just that: a batten that swings from horizontal when the sail is flying to vertical when you want to roll the sail

Figure 7.5

A Swing Batten is just that: a batten that swings from horizontal when the sail is flying to vertical when you want to roll the sail away.

away (Figure 7.5). This batten is hinged at the outboard end and is controlled by a continuous line attached to the inboard end. With the batten swung into place it acts like a conventional batten supporting a moderate amount of roach and adding sail area where it is needed most. When it comes time to roll the sail away, you simply pull on the control line located on the foot of the sail and the batten swings into a position parallel to the luff of the sail. The mainsail can then be rolled into the mast without any problem. While the Swing Batten is certainly a great idea, it does add one small level of complication to a sail, and it also adds to the price. For most sailors these details are easily overlooked when weighed against the advantages of the extra sail area. But for others any complication is one too many. Some sailors, especially those who value simplicity, will probably leave the battens off the sail.

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