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Cutting down jib

I have a 150% that I never use, and am wondering whether I can get it cut down to a smaller sail.

I don't use it because it's too unwieldy, the sheets catch on the dorades, and the foot is too low and I can't see.

I'd like to turn it into a 120 or 130% maybe, with a higher cut foot. Hopefully I won't run into trouble with the jib car track - my 100% with high cut foot is sheeted about 2 feet from the aft end of the track.

So the question is can I get a decent 120% from a decent 150%? Or will the draft be all messed up?
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay
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Re: Cutting down jib

It's easy to cut a couple of feet off the foot, move the corner patches with their eyes up ,then fold the bottom into a tabling and sew the works up. Did that on my current genny in 1999 and its still going strong.
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Re: Cutting down jib

My 150 blew out the leach near the head so I cut 3' off the back of the sail, reset the clew, lowered the head and sewed on a new leach tape...

Luff is solid as ever, Luff perpendicular is right on line.

Here it is sitting on top the 150 that replaced it...

"Might as well take 'er out...If anything is gonna happen...It's gonna happen out there..."
"Captin Ron"

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