Definition of battenless
of a ship's sail
: having no batten (see 2batten 3a) Several years ago battenless mainsails were popular. They were supposed to alleviate the problem of lost and broken battens and the frustration of battens getting caught on the shrouds. — Jim Howard and Charles J. Doane, Handbook of Offshore Cruising, 2000 Some Mediterranean charter fleets have also moved to battenless mainsails, and find them more forgiving for less experienced sailors … — Peter Nielsen, Sailpower: Trim and Techniques for Cruising Sailors, 2004
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