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    Posted: 11 Apr 17 at 9:33pm
Clue is in the title but yes, how tight?
I recently acquired a used sail and the battens are tight enough to pull creases, don't seem right to me.
Advice very welcome.
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As a starter for 10, general rule with full length battens, just enough tension so that they are firm but not prebent in their pockets. Lowest batten can take a little more tension. But other 200 sailors will be more specific.
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Pretty much spot on.  Minimal tension on the top batten to stop it sticking the wrong way on tacks and gybes.  My first sail had a vertical crease half way down the batten pocket and that wasn't unusual.  I did play about with  bit more batten tension on the lower battens, but never convinced myself it was a better all round set up.

The bottom two battens are made of a much more flexible material, so will take more tension.

However my recommendation is that you only apply tension on the screw adjusters (assuming it is a fairly recent sail) until you start feeling some resistance.

Others my beg to differ and there are better 200 sailors than me on this forum.


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