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Roach or not
I am a cruising sailor, not a racer; I own a Cape Dory 31. I am getting all new sails, and the guy at the loft convinced me to get a main with a substantial roach. I have never had a roached main before. I am having second thoughts, and I think that I could stil make a change at this point.
My misgivings have to do with how the sail will interact with the topping lift. It seems like it will get hung up every time we tack.
I am used to finding a position for my topping lift which holds the boom just below where the raised sail holds it. I find that spot and I leave it there all season. When I go to drop a sail, I do not want to have to adjust the topping lift.
But it seems that there are a heck of a lot of boats out there with roached mains, and I am wondering what the routine is. Should I be concerned about this?