What is the best batten configuration on a mainsail for performance cruising? First of all, it is important to consider the size of your vessel and the roach that you have in your mainsail, this will ultimately determine which batten configuration will work best for you. Typically, performance cruising and club racing vessels will use a mixture of both full and partial battens. Darryl, the owner of Precision Sails, says two full and two partial battens is the recipe for success. Sometimes having a bit of both really is the best thing.