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A couple thoughts here:
With your sails set properly, the limit of your pointing ability on a boat like the Newport will be your hull, and keel configuration rather than your sail plan. As a result a barberhaul would not help much in this case.
Normally, when your sails are properly set, it will appear that the mainsail is set closer to the centerline of the boat than the jib. In order to permit airflow between the sails, there needs to be a slot for the air to move through, and so each sail moving forward appears to be outside of, and less strapped than the sail aft of it. This is normal and properly cut sails are shaped with this in mind.
My recollection of the Newport 28 is that the shrouds are fairly close to the cabin side and that there is room for the genoa to pass through the slot formed between the lifelines and shrouds. I may be wrong on this, but my sense is that because the Newport is moderately narrow, I don't believe that you will need deck tracks. The angle to the rail is a narrow enough angle for proper pointing.
In any event, on any boat there is a real limit as to how far inboard you can sheet your genoa. When a genoa that is properly cut and in good shape is properly sheeted, typically the foot of the sail will just tick the outboard most shroud, and where the the upper leech of the sail crosses the shrouds, the leech will be close to the shrouds or spreader (perhaps 4 to 8 inches). Adding deck tracks may not improve this.
As Faster suggests, the first step is getting your sheet lead (angle) correct. If your Genoa does not have them you should have several sets of short telltales on the leading edge of the Genoa. Minimally there should be two sets of these telltales. Minimally there should be one set that is roughly 30% down from the head of the sail and one set that is approximately 25% up from the foot of the sail, each located roughly 18"-20" aft of the luff.
When the sheet lead is right the sets of telltales should both start to luff at the same time. To set the sheet lead properly, pick a spot to place the snatch block that you think roughly bisects the angle of the clew of the sail and sheet in on a beat until the telltales are flying aft. Then slowly turn towards the wind and watch each telltale as you do. Both inside telltales should start to flutter at the same exact moment. (You can cycle through this a few times to check.) If the upper telltale starts to luff first (or your upper leech is too far from the spreaders or shrouds) you need to move your lead forward. If the lower telltales luff first (or your upper leech hits the shrouds long before the foot gets near the shrouds) you need to move the lead block aft.
To some extent, this will vary with wind conditions. Usually the leech of the sail stretches more than the foot so as the wind builds you generally need to move the blocks forward a little. At some point when the boat becomes overpowered, you then need to move the leads aft so that you open the upper leech and reduce heeling.
In terms of your mainsail, you should add telltales at the aft end of the batten pockets (sometimes these are added just below the batten to keep them from hanging up on the stitching). When your mainsail is trimmed properly, there should be airflow at the trailing edge of the sail at all the battens. In light air this typically means that the traveler is pulled all the way to windward, and the mainsheet adjusted so that the boom placed roughly on the centerline of the boat. You should sight up your boom from below to see that the upper batten is roughly parellel with the boom, and that the aft tip is not pointing to windward.
As the wind builds, the traveler is lowered and the mainsheet, halyard, and outhaul tightened. Again, only to the point that flow is maintained so that the telltale on the upper batten is flying and the batten does not point to windward. In heavy going the traveler can be dropped to the face of the leeward seat and the mainsheet, halyard, and outhaul really tightened to 'blade-out' the sail.
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Last edited by Jeff_H; 07-07-2010 at 08:24 AM.