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Re: Should I raise my genoa with an extension?
A headsail close to the deck will benefit from the "end-plate effect" when sailing relatively close to the wind, and it will keep the moment arm of the sail as low as possible (so the boat won't heel quite as much). Off the wind, neither of these effects will matter much.
A headsail with a short pendant on the tack will give the helmsman more visibility at the cost of a bit of efficiency (for the reasons above). Unless you're racing, the gain in visibility is usually worth the very slight loss in drive.
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