What’s going on with my North e-type 6.2m battens?

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What’s going on with my North e-type 6.2m battens?

Post by FKPhil » Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:14 pm

Got off the water today to find a broken batten.
That’s the 4th time I’ve broken a batten on this sail, 2 times this batten (the above-the-one-at boom-level) and 2 times the one above it.
Thinking back it seems pretty much every second or third time I take that sail out a batten breaks.
And always broken in the tube, although this time broken in 2 places.
No incidents to suggest why.
In my long windsurfing career I’ve very rarely broken a batten on any other sail. And always an obvious cause (normally tripping up and letting go of my kit in shore-break).
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Re: What’s going on with my North e-type 6.2m battens?

Post by Asle » Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:20 am

This is a mystery. We need to know more!

When do battens normaly break?

How do you store and transport the sail?

How do you rigg and derigg it?

How do you sail it?

How do you crash?

Does the sail looks normal while rigged?

Do you have the right mast and are you a sailor who rigg and tune by the mm and feel or do you just put everything together without looking and to get on the water asap?

I would guess that most battens break off water. Also battens can break in waves, but most sails never see a propper wave.

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Re: What’s going on with my North e-type 6.2m battens?

Post by PhilN » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:38 am

Seems very odd or unlucky.
A while ago, maybe 2016/2017, a couple of local North sailors seemed to break a few battens in their Warps. Maybe it was just a bad batch of carbon or manufacturing, or the fact they did racing and/or had faster wipeouts, or they were just unlucky. If you are replacing your battens with ones your local dealer has in stock it might be he bought a lot in the bad batch era.

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Re: What’s going on with my North e-type 6.2m battens?

Post by PhilN » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:48 am

I googled North batten breaking in German/French/Dutch and nothing on those language speaking forums came up, apart from the tip of battens breaking on cammed battens on s-types.

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Re: What’s going on with my North e-type 6.2m battens?

Post by Sailrepair » Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:09 pm

It is unusual for a tube batten to break like that they normally split lengthwise and messily and not a clean break.

I would consider replacing it with a solid batten which would be a lot stronger.

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Re: What’s going on with my North e-type 6.2m battens?

Post by K-215 » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:52 pm

It might be worth asking Nik Baker at K-66.com as he was the North Distributor for many years.

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Re: What’s going on with my North e-type 6.2m battens?

Post by BTB » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:47 am

Seems odd that. I have never broken a batten.

Do you have anything from another sail that you could use to see if it is an issue with that specific batten construction. I guess they make them in one big batch so if there are issues then its likely that the replacement may have the same.

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Re: What’s going on with my North e-type 6.2m battens?

Post by FKPhil » Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:22 pm

Thanks all for the replies.
Fixed it.
Sailed with it today. So far so good.

It might just be one of lifes little mysteries.

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