Please select your home edition
Edition




Introducing smartbatten

by Cyclops Marine 11 Jan 03:00 NZDT
smartbatten © Cyclops Marine

Are you really getting the most out of your sails?

Consider the time you dedicate to selecting the right inventory, choosing the right sailmaker, and all the other meticulous considerations before you even hit the water.

This process is vital, but it's only the beginning. Even with all these efforts, there's no guarantee you'll unlock the full potential of your sails.

Sail makers have invested millions in the evolution of sail technology. The advent of structured luff technology and advanced sail materials has transformed yacht performance. However, there remains a gaping low-tech hole in racing - the method of setting batten compression.

Traditionally, this has relied on experience and visual estimation. This rudimentary approach is far from ideal, and in most cases leads to suboptimal sail-shape, mediocre performance, and potentially hours of wasted time re-hoisting sails when the setting is shown to be incorrect.

It's like purchasing a Ferrari and limiting the engine to 70mph. You have a high-performance machine at your disposal, but you can't be sure you are harnessing its full capabilities.

In worse cases setting batten compression by sight can seriously distort sail shape and cause damage.

In response to this obvious need, world leaders in wireless load sensing for yachts, Cyclops Marine, have introduced smartbatten - a tiny solution placed between the batten and 'rocket' tightener, providing real-time compressive load data.

Imagine seeing your actual live batten compression, enabling you to match the sailmaker's recommendations every time. This is the dream that smartbatten brings to life - optimal settings and practical setup to get you flying around the racecourse with a new level of convenience delivered through Cyclops' app.

Mario Trindade, Sail Designer at Quantum Sails and J70 & SB20 World Champion:
"...the repeatable tension of battens is so crucial in the set-up of the sail, this device from Cyclops is the ideal solution to define and repeat the right setting."

The leading minds in load sensing at Cyclops collaborated with some of the world's best sailmakers to create this new innovation. Cyclops were determined to make the solution plug and play, and have produced a compact, practical solution which is easily added to existing sail battens. The smart sensor is an adapter for the C-Tech 22 batten, and comes with a rocket and custom compression block.

An essential requirement was low weight to enable sails to fly in the gentlest of wind. smartbatten is manufactured in titanium (size 1) & aluminium (size 2), and weighs in at a staggering 22g-net impact is 44g per batten.

Recently earning a special mention in the prestigious DAME Design Awards, smartbatten has garnered praise for its game-changing value for race teams at the highest level, particularly for 40 - 80 ft grand prix race boats. Pre-calibrated to within 1% of working load, smartbatten empowers sailors with the most accurate, performance critical data.

Designed with grand prix teams for grand prix teams, it charges wirelessly in less than an hour, with the latest in wireless charging technology providing 80 days of battery life from a single charge (up to 500 days onboard in napping mode) - making it perfect for the most demanding race programmes. Remote on/off from the App is a new feature for 2024.

A new chapter in sailing technology, smartbatten is revolutionising the way we sail. Design awards are one thing, but expect smartbatten to be involved in winning the majority of the world's grand prix titles in the next few years.

smartbatten is available now for pre-order, or contact Cyclops for a consultation.

Related Articles

Strong is smart
Pin-to-pin load monitoring hits 10 tonnes! Whether your goals are confident cruising or optimised performance, the more you understand about your yacht, the more you can achieve. Posted on 10 Apr
Smart circumnavigation: Lagoon 440 Catamaran Impi
Meet Brent and Ana, last year's winners of the Cyclops Marine Magic Number video competition Meet Brent and Ana. Last year, they won our Magic Number video competition. Since then they've completed their first circumnavigation onboard their Lagoon 440 Catamaran 'Impi'. Now they're getting ready for their second! Posted on 26 Mar
Sailing Ahead
World Class Talent Driving The Smart Revolution In the dynamic landscape of marine technology, Cyclops Marine has rapidly emerged as one of the foremost innovators. In 5 short years Cyclops has impacted every section of sailing. Wireless load sensing is fundamentally changing the way sailing is done. Posted on 4 Mar
Cyclops Marine Load Sensor Competition
What was the record at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show? Ben Hazeldine of Cyclops Marine was running a load sensor competition on the Vakaros stand at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show. We found out more about the load sensors, as well as what the highest loads were being recorded during the weekend! Posted on 29 Feb
Eye on the prize
The contenders primed for the Caribbean 600 The Caribbean 600 presents a challenge unlike any of the world's offshore races. Circumnavigating eleven islands and contending with notoriously difficult currents and tradewinds is hugely demanding and offers one of the most intriguing courses worldwide. Posted on 19 Feb
Want to monitor rig health?
There's an app for that! Want to know you are sailing with the most efficient, safest settings? There's an app for that! Posted on 6 Feb
VIDEO: Unlocking the potential of North Helix
Empowered by a smartluff wireless load sensor Out on Aerodyne 38 'Zuul', talking optimal load sharing with Austin Powers from North Sails Annapolis, empowered by a smartluff wireless load sensor, engineered exclusively for North Sails by Cyclops Marine. Posted on 29 Jan
Do you and your rig loads see eye-to-eye?
When it comes to sailing, knowledge is power When it comes to sailing, knowledge is power. A keen feel for the boat gained from experience is invaluable, but an intimate knowledge of your rig based on live data allows you to truly excel-getting the most out of your equipment. Posted on 22 Jan
Eye on the prize
The contenders optimised for Sydney Hobart gold As the 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race draws nearer, anticipation is reaching its peak. Within the varied entries, many standout yachts are finalising their preparations, leveraging Cyclops' wireless load sensors. Posted on 22 Dec 2023