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dhmark



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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 8:58 am    Post subject: Batten repair going to work? Reply with quote

I had a broken tube batten about one foot from the leech, important #4 of 6 battens. It was pretty much clean break, no chards, no crushing of the tube. So I cut an old piece of rod batten (circular cross section)about 4-5 inches long and thought this could bridge the break. Needed a bit more diameter in the rod so I duck-taped the center of the piece. I injected West Systems epoxy into the hollow ends of the broken tube, shoved my stent into each end, worked the pieces together, dribbled some epoxy at the joint, and taped over it. When dry, removed the tape, and sanded smooth, there is hardly a bump at the break point. It seems totally solid, probably flexes a bit less at a part of the sail where there is hardly any bend anyway. Going to work?
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tonyg



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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tape over the broken batten glued seam with good quality tape. Gorilla or 3M professional packing tape. 2 layers is plenty. It will add strengths and even if batten brakes there again and splinters, tape will keep splinters from going into the sail.
Neil Pride used to sleeve their tube battens to keep splinters from poking through, but doesn't do it any more to save a few grams of weight.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends how sensitive and anal you are.
Some guys say their sails work well only if they were rinsed off the previous session.
Some guys wet the sail before heading out
Of course "it will work".
It will also work if you left it alone or removed the batten or just the broken piece.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds good to me
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: Batten repair going to work? Reply with quote

dhmark wrote:
I had a broken tube batten about one foot from the leech, important #4 of 6 battens. It was pretty much clean break, no chards, no crushing of the tube. So I cut an old piece of rod batten (circular cross section)about 4-5 inches long and thought this could bridge the break. Needed a bit more diameter in the rod so I duck-taped the center of the piece. I injected West Systems epoxy into the hollow ends of the broken tube, shoved my stent into each end, worked the pieces together, dribbled some epoxy at the joint, and taped over it. When dry, removed the tape, and sanded smooth, there is hardly a bump at the break point. It seems totally solid, probably flexes a bit less at a part of the sail where there is hardly any bend anyway. Going to work?


It should. As alternative, what about inserting some rod as reinforcement inside?
Also, getting a replacement tube from, say, Sailworks is not very expensive.
Good luck with the repair.

Andrei.
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dhmark



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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

J Henderson of HSM gave a thumbs up to my repair, said if it lasts one session its as good as new. He also sent me a ferrule for an alternative repair, where I just trim the broken tube, insert the ferrule which connects to a rod batten section (spare part) and then out to the leech. Since the break was about 1.5 feet from the leach, there wouldn't be much difference in the sail performance.
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