Originally Posted by KiwiIC
Is it possible that the boat in it's original form was designed for light weather
The OP specifically said that the mast
was shortened so that it could cruise
. Not to account for heavy winds, or to better balance the boat, or anything else like that. Just to fit under bridges. To me, an amazingly DUMB reason for shortening the mast
, when there are scads of boats out there that were specifically designed with short enough masts to begin with.