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Any advise for what to use and optimal length for 11mtr yacht. The original (I think is tapered sail batten) only lasted couple of years, incredible the condition of it under strong NZ uv, can see the strands of fibre literally breaking up. Is there a special material (maybe a ss spring?) to use and what is optimal length?

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Depends on the Roach of your Mainsail, of course the optimal length is long enough so the backstay doesn't snag. I have seen a few that use a carbon tube and a spring but can't see them working well on a high roach main. You could just get another batten and paint it  with awlwood to protect it from the UV.

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Just so happens I was at Sailutions yesterday arvo and I spied a flicker then had a play with it. Purpose built by Selden (I think).

 

It's gruntier than you usual battens and made from some sort of composite.

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We have a had a 20mm? sail batten as our flicker for about 10 years. But we put heat shrink over it to protect it from uv. Has worked very well.

Just have a small block at the end that the backstay goes through.

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