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Rather than play with the design I think you're better off to adapt to the boat's characteristics and reef a bit sooner. I really don't think that a couple of hundred pounds is going to make a seriously noticeable difference in how this boat handles. Do you sense a difference when the water tank is full vs empty?
By today's standards a 40% ballast ratio is pretty good. Smart handling, steering and sail selection will go a long ways to dealing with your 'problem'.
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