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Drwiencke

Brian,
If your boat is floating low in the bow, that will tilt the mast and whole rig forward, effectively shifting the sail's pressure (center of effort) forward. The battenless main has no roach, reducing that extra sail area in the leach, further shifting the center of effort forward.
I would, after trying my best to level the boat on the waterline, even by using additional ballast low in the aft bilge, increase the rake in the mast by letting off tension on the forestays and taking up on the backstay (maybe start with 1/2"). You will also have to let off on the forward lowers and take up on the rear lowers making sure to keep the mast in column. Increasing the rake will also lower your boom, so make sure it still clears the boom gallows.

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