At $25, Kablooey's HPDE sprit probably costs less than the spare batten you taped to your bow and promptly lost halfway up the first beat. To mount the plastic sprit or its aluminum relative ($32.50), disconnect the headstay and slide the part over the tang. What I like about the HPDE sprit is that, although it mounts securely, it's flexible enough not to damage other boats—or your own headstay tang—in bumper-boat situations. While we were waiting for the hoist at J/22 North Americans in August, our sprit caught the edge of the dock, bent back, and snapped into place. No harm, no foul.