I just got my first sail with battens. It also has 1 cam. I couldn't
believe how hard I had to pull on the down hall to get it to look right.
Is this kind of mast too stiff for the sail? Will this damage the sail?
Also, if you could tell us what brand and model the sail is,
and what kind of mast you are using.
There were some older DIN masts that were very stiff and didn't
fit many sails at all.
#I just got my first sail with battens. It also has 1 cam. I
#believe how hard I had to pull on the down hall to get it to look
#Is this kind of mast too stiff for the sail? Will this damage the
First your mast and sail may not be compatable in how the curve is
built into the sail. This will cause your sail to be full in one spot
and too flat above or below that.
Second you may be able to rig the sail and make it look good but the
mast could be too soft. This would cause it to deform the sail as you
sailed. That means extra work and instability with your center of
effort changing up and down and back and forth.
Bottom line is a good sail deserves a decent compatable mast. In fact
it is the single most important thing you can do in my mind. You
should be able to sail it without having wrinkles form laterally
(usually below the boom) and it should be easy to lay on your harness
line and not have the rig pulling first your front hand then your back
hand (shifty pocket or center of effort). The right mast can make all
the difference in how good you can jibe.