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Norm Rhines

Back again with more detail

As Dave said you will loose area.

In my case (Old sails, no battens at all, and originaly 15'-3" foot) I lost 1'3" in the foot which balanced a smaller 205 ft jib = Better balanceing = better speed on my boat with my old sails. So all my speed gain is on the improved balance.

All that said I will look into Daves recomendations. if I get the $$ for new sails I will look very hard into the top battens, But still, I do like the shorter foot 14'-0" (also I have a bridge deck travler) I still like it as it allows good sheeting angles and My vang works well with this arangement.

I hope this helps explain my enthuasiam on the shorter boom. Lastly I gained a bit of sun on the pannels due to the shorter boom.

So best of luck on your choice

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