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Location: Coconut Grove, FL USA
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Re: Sailboat performance change
Yes I have a Bimini top. The forward frame is even with the vertical midline of the boom profile ands about 6in aft of the boom's end when it's centered. The view that the "low" dodger limits is not that of the sails, but the view fwd of the vessel in general. Not safe when negotiating unfamiliar water, especially channels. The thrust of my question was to raise the height of the roof of the dodger (thus making the fwd statglas window more vertical), raising the foot of the sail (and therefore the boom as well) by the same amount, estimated to be 6in. By lowering the Bimini slightly I'd be able to get a cover flap from the fwd Bimini rail to the aft dodger rail and thus close that rain gap as well. My concern has been any serious potential change in seaworthiness due to the relocation of the CE of the mainsail.