Re: Sailboat performance change
Moving the boom will likely be expensive, since it means re-cutting the mainsail and possibly adjusting the sheeting system to accommodate the changes too. You might be able to get away with leaving the gooseneck in place, and simply angling the boom up at the aft end. That could look really screwy, though, It might be cheaper to simply make the dodger shorter, so as to open up a slot you can see through between it and the boom. Changing your height of eye with a raised grate (instead of seat cushions) might be even cheaper. Raising the boom just a few inches probably won't have a huge effect on handling, but it could make the boat look a bit funky or topheavy. I'd sail with it a bit longer and think about all the options before I made major changes. It's been OK for twenty or more years... what's the rush?