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How to rig a 'short' jib

I own a 20' Mirage 5.5 which came with a jib only. The summer winds in the mid-Carolinas are light so I recently bought a '150' genoa.

The measurements for a Mirage 150 genoa are Luff 26' and Foot 13'. The sail I purchased has a Luff 25' 1" and a Foot 13'.

So, do I 1) leave a 1' gap at the top of the mast or do I 2) attach a 1' line to the tack and hoist the sail to the top, or do I 3) learn first what the heck I'm doing before I go out and buy a sail...

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I would attach a 1' pendant at the bottom of the sail. This is for two reasons... First, it will put the sail up higher, where the wind is generally stronger. Second, it will make it marginally easier to see under the foot of the sail, which can otherwise cause a huge blind spot.

Also, it may make the sail tack a bit easier over the lifelines and pulpit.
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He said 1'...so I didn't want to confuse him.
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But then the luff would be too long. C'mon, not often we get to correct you!
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I took a peice of dyneema rope, and played with the jib that was too short by about 2', and found for my application it was best at about 8" of length. Of course, you length may vary.

If you like the sale, and you can try it a few times, play with the lead a bit, you may like 6" or half way, then you can tell SD he was wrong, or me that I was wrong or what ever. The lead on the bottom will probably be the best solution, how long.................

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