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Actually, if you're not getting the sail recut, you are going to cause a problem. By lowering the boom, you effectively shorten it, unless you have a non-loose-footed main, in which case, you'd have to recut the sail to do this anyway. This means the sail will be fuller under most conditions, and that can cause you some serious problems when the winds are very strong, since it will be difficult to depower the main. Also, unless you use a pennant at the tack, the sail won't be able to be hoisted fully. It'll be a meter short of full hoist. If the sail isn't re-cut, and you're not using a tack pennant, then the sail will be lower by a meter for its entire length—since the sail is what supports the aft end of the boom.
Also, reefing the sail will be a problem. If the sail reefs using tack hooks, on the boom, you're going to have a problem because if you do use the tack hooks the new, reefed clew is going to be higher than the reefed tack, and the leech of the sail will bag.
Personally, IMHO, you're asking for trouble. Why not just install a few mast steps, and use them when you have to work on the boom or headboard of the lowered mainsail. It is probably far less trouble and definitely going to cause far fewer problems.
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