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Dave King

Ahoy Chuck and Pam,
I have a number of thoughts on this subject but will only address 2 of them, or maybe 3.
Most of us W-32 veterans are aware of the pros and cons of shortening the boom and Mainsail foot. It is often overlooked, however, that the reduction of Mainsail area with a 2' foot reduction will equal about 13.2%. This is no small amount. It also equals about 6.3% of the total working sail area of the boat. Loading up head sail area to make up for the reduction is not always a comfortable option. Your boat will certainly look more modern - and frequently sail slower.
There is another option to the full batten Mainsail and one that works better on a cutter. You might consider full length battens on the top 2 battens only and then 1/2 length battens on the lower 2. The top 2 are above the Staysail and establish the sail shape. Below the Staysail the Main will be allowed to luff in the normal fashion. With full length battens you can not see, on the Mainsail luff, that you may be under sheeted on the Main, or oversheeted on the Staysail. This is the type of Mainsail on Saraband. It has proven itself to be very effective.
Good luck with your choice.

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