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We just did exactly that last week... had a newish sail slightly larger than our rig cut down to fit. It has worked out fine, but I'd let the sailmaker decide just how to recut the sail.
It may cost less to have the head patch redone with new leach cut than to cut off the bottom of the sail and redo that... also you'll save some LP that way.
The other potential complication is just how/where the clew is going to end up in relation to your genoa track and sheeting position, so you may not be able to just take it in and say "lop off two feet here". They will know how best to go about it.
The recut may run to $200-400 so be sure that that plus the initial cost of the sail makes this cost effective... could be you're as well off to get the right sail in the first place.
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