JIb top batten girth measurement
under the Owning section of the web site there is a mast rake subject wher bigpapaporche offers advice and says that to determine a the difference between a loose jib, snug jib and tight jib one should look at the top batten girth and gives a rough variation with the extremes at 35 inches and 40 inches. The updated 2008 handbook has rule 82 ( electronic copy on the FSSA web) that lists this as a maximum 32and 3/4 inch dimension as measured perpendicular to the luff. Perhaps bidpapa measured perpendicular to the leach, nevertheless the wide variation in dimensions is of concern. Rule 82 grandfathers in this dimensions for jibs made prior to 2000. The same handbook also has a sail measurement form on page 38. This form has NOT been updated to include the top batten girth measurement. I hope that this is just an oversight and that indeed the top batten girth is acually being measured when the sails are measured.