How tight was your backstay? .... and how much was the forestay sagging off to leeward when you were 'above a beam reach'?
It's a split backstay with a line and single block to control it. It was as tight as a good pull on it could make it. No clue about the forestay.
How 'old' is the mainsail, and does it have a 'boltrope'?
Old. No idea how old. No boltrope.
Critical question: what is the angle that the topside of the boom makes with the mast when you 'raise' the mainsail?
No clue. What should it be, and why is it critical? A racer or technical sailor I am not.
S/V Free Spirit
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