Best way to rig short sails?
The 1975 Newport 28 I bought in April of this year (my first boat) came with what the PO described as a "working jib" and a genny. However, neither of them are fully-cut for the forestay and neither reach the top when raised. The boat came with what I'm calling an "extension" for the tack, which is a 1' piece of 1/4" steel cable, like the forestay only a bit smaller diameter.
Leaving aside getting new sails for the moment, would it be better to get a longer extension so that the sails can be raised higher and closer to the masthead, or keep them down closer to the deck?
What would be the advantages and disadvantages of either? I can already tell that using a longer extension would let me see under the sails much better, but are there other considerations of which I am unaware?