I wish we could "reply" to a post and appear under it rather than at the end of the group.I went through two foot battens in the first two months of ownership. On the third batten, I preemptively wrapped some sail tape around the middle section of the batten and, almost two years later it’s still going strong.
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I didnt get this batten with my boat. I have battens here - which would be best? a hobie 16 jib batten? they're fglass. Or a F18 batten which is a sandwich that seems to have foam in the middle. I have dozens of both. I suspect the Hobie mainsail battens are way to stiff. (not much flex if I cut it to the 18 " needed.