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The Hunter 49 comes with what would normally be considered a #3 genoa which appears to be roughly a 110 % jib. I think there are several issues with adding a larger genoa on a Hunter 49.
First of all, the Hunter 49 has outboard chainplates. This means that a larger genoa would need to be outside the rail, and so would not permit a sheeting angle that is condusive to upwind sailing. That is okay if the so called genoa is intended only as a reaching sail, but would not be okay if intended for other purposes. I would also think that since the Hunter 49 does not have a fixed backstay, and this sail would be used for reaching where the mainsheet is likely to be slacked slightly, (and so the mainsail would not assist in supoorting the mast) the mast would lack proper support for the mast which would then require you to add running backstays if you indeed add an overlapping jib.
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