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a flexible wood, fiberglass, or plastic strip that supports the aft portion, or roach of a sail so that it remains straight. Most commonly used in mainsails and non-overlapping jibs. A batten is usually inserted into a batten pocket that is sewn horizontally onto a sail. Some modern cruising sails that roll into a mast or around a headstay furler use battens positioned vertically or use inflatable battens. Battens that extend to a sail’s full width are referred to as full-length battens.

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