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Dave King
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Ahoy Don,
Here is one thought. First, I agree completely with your sailmaker. The important thing is, Where is the uppermost reef? On most Mainsails that have only 2 reef rows, Saraband's included, the upper row is at the same height as the 3rd row would be on a triple reefed Main. The difference is in the spacing between the lower rows. This is not always the case but if the Main was originally built for cruising, as yours certainly was, then the top row is probably very nearly equal to a 3rd row on other mains.
On a previous W-32 I owned, after wearing out the first Mainsail, which had 3 reef rows, I had a new one built and specified that the two rows be exactly where I had the 2nd and 3rd rows on the previous sail. I simply eliminated the 1st row.
Good luck,
Dave

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