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Reducing sail on a Star
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Sep 5, 2014, 2:22 PM

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I can get a nice Star which is no longer competitive for free. I'm a good sailor but no Olympian and I like to single hand. Looking at the weight and ballast of this boat, it seems like the only reason it's so infamous is the gargantuan mainsail. I'd like to shorten and raise the boom, cut down one of my old sails, and install one traditional backstay. I'm interested in general thoughts and one specific worry - the keel seems really far back and the mast really far forward. I'm worried a reduced main will move the center of lateral effort forward of the keel and she'll spin or at least have wicked lee helm. Thoughts ( other than 'why don't you just buy a perfect boat' it's free and I like to tinker ) ?


thanks, Mark



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