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Can a sail with too much roach be cut down without ruining It's shape?
I picked up our new,"square weave"dacron, main the other day from a sailmaker I've used before. When I hoisted it I realized that the roach sticks out past the backstay by 20-30 inches near the head and obviously wont pass through in anything but a gale. When I called the sailmaker he suggested that I screw a batten to the top of the mast that springs the backstay when eased, allowing the roach to pass through. We had never discussed this before and it seems like a royal pain in the ass, as I also have to deal with the runners everytime we tack.
1) Would I take a rating hit for altering the rig as he suggests?
2) Can the sail be re-cut, with a smaller roach, without screwing up the shape that's built into it.
A little more info.
Boat is a Col Sabre, 7/8's rig, adj backstay, runners, no vang 14' boom with 30' hoist,
Last edited by Sabre66; 05-29-2007 at 01:42 PM.