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chophop



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2022 3:54 pm    Post subject: Extracting Broken Batten Reply with quote

Hi Guys:
A long batten broke on my Goya Banzai-- about 8" from the leach--. Of course getting the short leach end out is easy but the long piece is stuck. I have tried a few approaches without success. (Tried tapping from the mast end of the batten pocket with a rubber mallet.)

Any secrets for this ?
Thanks,
Pat Very Happy
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manuel



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2022 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You Googled it correct?
You can push press on the end like you would on a mast. Poke a small hole in the batten sleeve to get access to it.

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rswabsin



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2022 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stop at your local CVS, Rite-Aid, etc and see if they have any forceps long and thin enough to reach inside the sleeve and grab the end of the broken batten. You may have to crumple up the leech of the sail to get in there.

Good Luck!
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dhmark



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2022 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the broken batten end has sharp shards it won't back out of the batten sleeve, it gets caught in cloth folds. You have to remove from the mast side, that is easily done and I have done it several times. Remove a bit of stitching at the luff end of the batten sleeve on the top or bottom, just 2 or 3 stitches just wide enough to squeeze the batten out. I always place a few stitches to repair, but probably not even necessary.
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chophop



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2022 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good ideas there. Thanks fellows! Very Happy
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bred2shred



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2022 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree, remove some stitches from the batten pocket. You can also remove stitches right next to the break location and then slide the batten out the side of the pocket.

Use a stitch ripper or very carefully cut the stitches using a razor blade. You can hand stitch the pocket back together after the batten is removed using dental floss and a hand needle. Stick the batten pocket exactly back where it was and then carefully stitch back through the existing needle holes. A pair of pliers can be used to pull the needle through the sail if it’s tough to do by hand.

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joethewindsufa



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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2022 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

when that happened to me ...

I believe that I cut the batten pocket on one side near the break at 90º
then was able to pull longer section out

think I never even stitched up the cut afterwards !!
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