Sail Battens by Bob Ramsay


As there are a wide variety of sails used on Paper Tigers, this article should be taken as a guide only. Most battens used in PT sails are fiberglass with some foam sandwich type battens also used. As this type of batten cannot be effectively shaped, only the fiberglass type will be considered here.


Glass battens can be easily shaped. Rough shaping can be done with a surform rasp or even a plane. Finishing is done using an abrasive paper on a block.