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On the Catalina 25, the tall rig's mast is 2' higher than the standard rig, and the boom is 1' lower, which results in more sail area, and makes the tall rig boat sail much better in light to moderate winds. The trade-off is that the boom is a head knocker, until you get accustomed to keeping your head down. I sailed one for 23 years, and got thoroughly accustomed to it, and enjoyed the boat. The boom also sags aft a bit, for reasons I never understood, but it sailed so well that I didn't care. I always thought it was just the nature of the racing mainsail that I used.
I don't know of any useful purpose that the pennants serve, and would remove them both from the genoa. That should allow the jib luff to be tensioned properly. The only time I used a pennant on my tall rig C25 was on a storm jib, to raise it above the deck.
The main sail isn't raised to it's full height. I always raised mine as high as it would go, and then used the downhaul to tension the luff for the amount of winds we'd be sailing in that day. On a light air day, I'd leave the luff slack when I raised the sail, and then use the cunningham to tension it for beating to windward, and to ease it for sailing off the wind.
I also would re-rig the mainsail outhaul, so it can be easily adjusted while underway.