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Sailman X - Headboards & Clewboards

A new generation of Sailman - from the original hardware manufacturer - Bainbridge

In 1992 the very first Sailman range of products was launched – developed from race proven success, Bainbridge developed an integrated sail handling system designed to work in harmony and bring efficient sail control to the cruising/racing yacht owner.

Today Bainbridge has innovated Sailman X - a holistic range. Each component performs individually as part of a varied sail hardware construction. The advantage in performance synergy is clearly evident when used as a complete integrated system.

All of the new products in the Sailman X system have been developed using new thinking to give the utmost flexibility and choice to the Sailmaker - making them easy to work with, and delivering long trouble free service to the boat owner. 

Designed using Solidworks 3D modelling and printing, coupled with careful material selection and finishing - Sailman X balances performance, durability and ease of installation.

This can be particularly noted in the aesthetic appearance of products - incorporating full fillet finishing and careful, consistent hard anodising to create products that not only look good; they are smooth to the touch and to the cloth - which they have been designed to work with in harmony. 

Following comprehensive research and development, the first products in this new generation are now ready. This extensive research programme ensures that the very latest generation of hardware products are worthy of carrying the name Sailman X.


A new technical design to accommodate the higher loading conditions of modern yachts and sails.

The use of stainless steel liners allows faster assembly, with small pilot holes to position accurately during installation. 

Webbing can be applied for extra security and load holding through the liners. Can be used in three orientations with option to drill a hole for a slide bridge, allowing for any required sail offset.

  • Smart design gives a strong headboard which is incredibly easy to fit
  • Features heavy radius fillet on all edges - sail damage is substantially reduced 
  • Marine grade alloy – 5083 BS EN 573 3.2009 – highly resistant to sea water
  • Designed to fit standard D039S/D039N liners
  • The liners complete the assembly making these fast, simple and easy to fit
  • Quick fitting thanks to pilot holes for temporary pins - no slipping, forcing or reworking
  • No riveting required
  • Hole layout allows for headboard to be used in a variety of orientations
  • For larger sails headboards can be layered


These new Clewboards are strong and easy to fit and are suitable for a large   range of yachts. With the increasing popularity of self-tacking jibs they are able to cope with the increased loads created by modern yachts. Made in Marine grade Aluminium with a hard anodised finish, the use of stainless steel liners allows faster installation.  Boards are available in various thicknesses to cover the high loading conditions of these sails.

  • New 'Strong Arc' Shape – stronger and allows integrated fit and appearance to the sail
  • Filleted external edges – on both face and back of plate
  • Marine grade alloy – 5083 BS EN 573 3.2009 – highly resistant to sea water
  • Designed to fit standard D039S/D039N liners
  • The liners complete the assembly making these fast, simple and easy to fit
  • Quick fitting thanks to pilot holes for temporary pins - no slipping, forcing or reworking
  • No riveting required
  • For larger sails clewboards can be layered
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For decades leading sailors and yachtsmen have relied on aquabatten.

Thanks to the unique ‘tapered by design’ construction, aquabatten delivers finer tips with thicker ends - resulting in a maximum form and strength through the batten length.

  • Unique layering process reduces the risk of inter-laminar bond failure
  • No filaments cut in tapering process - unique laminate construction encapsulated in a multi layer outer casing
  • Minimised batten failure - reduces replacement costs
  • Construction reduces stress - maximum stress is dissipated along the batten

By manufacturing the product in an advanced bi-directional scrim lay-up, aquabatten uses up to 56 lamination's which are totally encapsulated; ensuring the inherent strength of the construction is not ground away – which is the case with most other tapered battens. This ensures greater structural integrity, strength and durability.

  • Handles torque stress caused by twist, where uni-directional battens fail
  • Increased durability and strength when sail is stored or covered
  • Epoxy resin composition gives a stronger, hydrophobic batten which keeps the batten at design weight and eliminates loss of strength in the resin
  • Battens carefully calculated to a specific EI number (stiffness) for easy product selection

Today, aquabatten has been developed to offer the most comprehensive range of widths, lengths and types – designed to suit the very latest sail designs and to continue to offer the very best performance.

In line with market leading sail design software which utilises FEA (Flexible Element Analysis), these systems express batten specifications in terms of an EI number. Bainbridge has now engineered aquabatten to cover a balanced range of EI numbers, giving the widest possible range to maximise application of aquabatten products in modern sail designs.

Definition of EI:

EI is an expression of the ‘Flexural Rigidity’ of a bar – flexural rigidity is simply defined as the resistance offered by a structure while undergoing bending.

Understanding EI:

E = the stiffness of the material (Youngs Modulus)

I = the stiffness of the shape (form) itself

Therefore EI is the combination of the material and the shape.

In combining the two together (EI) it delivers a ‘common comparator’ which allows you to technically specify the correct batten for that particular part of the sail construction

The higher the EI, the ‘stiffer’ the batten will be.

By using EI a sail maker has the flexibility of reducing the width of a batten by increasing the thickness, this enables lighter battens to be specified in the sail design

- resulting in a lower weight sail delivering improved performance.

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