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Re: New sail or raise sail position on mast?
It's pretty clear that's not the sail for that rig. The luff/hoist/mast side is too short by some distance, as is the length along the boom.(foot)
It's still usable as long as you can tension everything appropriately but it will be like having a reef in all the time.
The two holes (cringles) at the tack are being used correctly.. the lower one is to go into the tack fitting as shown, the upper one is your 'cunningham', a secondary means of getting luff tension once the sail is hoisted.
So this will get you going, I suppose, but it's not the correct/original dimensions that your boat was designed for.
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