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Because I know better than the designer... right...
IF you have sailed this boat and found that she is unbalanced (lee helm),
try a smaller jib and finds this reduces lee helm, you could possibly
consider tweaking the boat towards your goal of bigger main smaller
headsail without radical alteration such as restepping the mast by adding a
high roach main and small working jib, and if that doesn''t give you too
much weather helm, perhaps consider converting a masthead rig to
fractional to further reduce the relative area of the headsail. Even this will
involve some major work (like recutting or replacing the jib, finding or
making a battened main to make use of the full roach, learning to do
without a topping lift which would get in the way of your new main, etc.).
As other posters have pointed out, if the boat was properly designed, these
modest changes would likely disturb the balance of the boat for the worse.
Famed sailor Joshua Slocum, if I remember correctly, took a boat down to
the bare hull and rebuilt it from there to change the rig, a job which took him many months, and that''s probably
what you would have to do with almost any design to do the job right. You
might as well just build a boat from scratch.