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Old 10-08-2008
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adding roach

If I am buying a new mainsail for a boat that originally had a mainsail with no roach, is it a good idea to buy a sail with some roach to try to improve performance?

This could make weatherhelm an issue (let's assume the boat is well balanced to begin with, just a little slow). Would the roach make a noticeable difference in weatherhelm? Would it make a noticeable difference in performance?

Why would a designer design a mainsail with no roach? Isn't it almost free performance?

Eric
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