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Bill B
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Newbie questions after first time taking out sailboat

I finally had a chance to go out for the first time, and didn't capsize, fall in the water, or otherwise have too bad of a time. On the contrary, I had a fantastic time, despite all of the errors, mishaps, and feeling like a dummy. (I definitely need to get lessons soon)

But I'm left with questions about the condition of my boat (American 16).

First, my mainsail - There's a lot of sag, even once I've snugged both edges. I'm guessing this means it should be replaced? If so, is it critical to do so? Can I continue learning with it as it is for a while, or is it going to hinder me?

Second, I seem to have a small leak. Pulling the hull drain plug after two hours on the water drained a cup or two. I don't see any cracks in the hull, so this sort of worries me. It's slow, so it's not that bad now, but I'm worried that it could get worse if left unchecked. Is there an easy way to find it?

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