New to the market from C-Tech are C-T PlateBattens, a new range of solid composite battens designed to complement and extend the existing C-T Sailbatten range.
“With C-T PlateBattens, yachts as small as 12 ft can now take advantage of C-Tech’s superior sail batten technology,” says C-Tech director Lyn Holland who presented the new range at METS in November.
“Rigorous testing proves that C-T PlateBattens are stronger than conventional pultruded carbon battens,” adds Holland. “C-T PlateBattens are made from pre-preg composite materials and, unlike solid pultruded battens, do not have to be sanded or ground to produce the right bend characteristics. A unique sheet-based manufacturing process allows taper to be built into the laminate of C-T PlateBattens and continuous full-length layers on the outer surface ensure there are no short fibres that can cause the outer surface to delaminate.”
Holland reports considerable interest in the product from existing customers and enquiries from new customers. “Altogether, it was one of the busiest METS shows for C-Tech. Our C-T SnuffAir product, nominated for the DAME Award in 2009, has slowly been gaining traction in the marketplace and we received several new orders at the show. We also had boat captains and crew coming up to tell us how well the product is performing, and how easy it makes spinnaker handling on the bigger superyachts, which was great feedback.”
Full length and leech style C-T PlateBattens are available and easily distinguished. Full length C-T PlateBattens are made from high-quality pre-preg carbon fibre with a carbon cloth outer layer. Stock lengths available are 1,500 mm to 4,000 mm and longer battens can be made to order. Leech C-T PlateBattens are made from a blend of pre-preg carbon fibre and pre-preg S-Glass near the tip which provides flexible, durable battens with the right bend characteristics. Stock lengths are 1,500 mm to 3,500 mm. Battens are available in 500 mm length increments and are easily trimmed with a hacksaw.
Holland notes: “C-T PlateBattens suit skiff and racing dinghy mainsails, multi-hulls, cruisers seeking a performance boost and racing yachts e.g. AC45s, RC44s, JV 72s.”
Size of yachts using C-T PlateBattens:
- Full length: yachts 12-50 ft
- Jib Leech: yachts 20-70 ft
- Main flutter (leech): yachts 40-90 ft
Orders can be fulfilled within 48 hours and shipped worldwide. Pricing depends on batten length. Enquiries are welcome by website (www.sailbattens.com/orders_ctplate.htm), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (+64-9-810-8406). Technical information and batten specifications are available on the CT Sailbattens website (www.sailbattens.com/bat_ctp.htm).