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Removing Batten Caps

One common problem with new battens is that the end caps can get stuck in the sail when the battens are being removed. I had a friend who's caps got stuck and he just reinserted the batten into the cap every time he used the sail. I would recommend gluing the caps on before you put the battens in the sail.


Pulling it Out

Put a little duct tape on the batten end reverse the normal side. Should grab on and pull the tip out no problem!

Mark A. Michaelsen ~MM~
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Resewing

by Joan Casey

This happened to me about three years ago. I just removed the stitching at the bottom of the pockets, took out the tips, sewed up the pockets, glued (!) the tips on, and have never had a problem since. 

Joan Casey 
149899R 

At 11:52 AM 4/29/97 -0500, you wrote: 
>I was wondering if anyone has any solutions for removing batten caps 
>which are stuck within the pocket. 
> Thanks a lot.

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To: Multiple recipients of list <laser@cali.kentlaw.edu>
Subject: Re: Batten caps
From: Joan Casey <ninesqr@owt.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 12:23:53 -0500

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Tip of the Day

by Ian Lineberger

ALWAYS glue or tape your batten caps on BEFORE inserting them into a sail pockets. Tip of the Day! 

Ian Lineberger

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To: Multiple recipients of list <laser@cali.kentlaw.edu>
Subject: Re: Batten caps
From: JetFuelO@aol.com
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 14:45:11 -0500

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Invincible Caps

by Stephen Gay

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Drill a 1/4" hole in the end of the batten with the batten cap on. Then, put a piece of scotch tape on one end of the hole and fill the hole with epoxy. Works flawlessly! once the epoxy dries, you've got invincible batten caps!


Work it out and Epoxy it On

by Rob Hodson

MPlunkett9@AOL.COM,Internet writes: 
In a message dated 11/16/98 1:03:36 AM, 
LaserBabee@AOL.COM writes: 

<<you have to first realise thatthe batton tip is merely stuck in the elastic strip. just work the batten around the strip and stick the tip back on the batten..then twist the batten out of the pocket without losing the tip to the elastic's grip it is really quite easy but it does take some parience then DUCT TAPE THE TIP ON>> 

I agree, except I would glue the cap back on. I used my wife's craft (hot) glue gun and it has worked very well. 

Patience is the key 

Mark 

Plain ol' clear epoxy works well also. In fact it is worth taking the time to remove all of the batten caps you may have and glue them back on with epoxy. I had to work out a batten cap 4 or 5 different times before I got smart and did this simple preventive maintenance chore. If you can't get them off of the batten to do the glue job, then they are probably secure enough. 

Rob Hodson 
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To: MPlunkett9@AOL.COM
Subject
: Re: Re: Is that a grommet in your pocket?
From: Robert_Hodson@the-oregon-cl.com (Robert Hodson)
Date: 16 Nov 1998 22:13:02 GMT

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Forget the Caps

by Stephen Gay

I've gotten that **** thing stuck a thousand times. The best way to get it out that I have found is throw it into the loft and let some guy (anyone but John) pull out the threads, get the cap, and sew it back up-takes about three minutes. Of course, after that I generally leave the batten cap off and tape it and put that end in the sail first. No batten cap means no getting stuck, eh? 

>>>EVERYBODY COME TO BRUCE CUP!!!<<< 
D-15 "Fred's Freaks" Will win, but the fight for 2nd might be cute. . . 

Stephen "Talon" Gay 
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Subject: Grommets.. .
From: talonf4u@juno.com (Stephen C Gay)
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 20:32:30 -0600

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An ounce of Prevention

by Scott Fox

In a message dated 97-11-03 18:07:06 EST, you write: 
<< Does anyone have a method for retrieving the rubber tips of the battens when they come off in the far recesses of the batten pockets? >> 

Surgery is the only way....I always tell people to use a little bit of rubber electrical tape around batten tips before inserting..An ounce of prevention..:>)

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To: Multiple recipients of list <laser@cali.kentlaw.edu>
Subject: Re: retrieving batten tips
From: THEBOATHSE <THEBOATHSE@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 12:25:40 -0600

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Another way to Keep Them On

by Robert Parker

yes it truly does work, and with NO MAJOR SURGERY. After you get the tips out. GLUE the tips on. a little dab of silicon sealer, etc. works well. not enough to ooze out when the tip is re-inserted. Good luck!!?!! 

On Tue, 4 Nov 1997 13:35:17 -0600 DINGHYRACE@aol.com writes: 
>In a message dated 97-11-03 18:07:06 EST, dbelenky@pol.net writes: 

><< Does anyone have a method for retrieving the rubber tips of the >battens >when they come off in the far recesses of the batten pockets? > >> > >The best way to retrieve lost batten caps is to re-insert the batten, >and put >the cap back on while inside the pocket. With patience, this works >well. > 
>Chris Herman >Sailing Solutions Inc.

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To: Multiple recipients of list <laser@cali.kentlaw.edu>
Subject: Re: retrieving batten tips
From: sailbobparker3@juno.com (ROBERT PARKER)
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 20:33:07 -0600

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