"What the heck are people thinking. "
I'd phrase it more strongly than that. (G)
Welcome to the world of used boats and previous owners. To badly magle the phrase from Field of Dreams
, if you can dream it--someone tried to do it that way. You can't assume anything on a used boat
is "right" unless you've had hands and eyes all the way from one end of it to the other. And in some cases (like sails
& boom) you can't assume they're right unless you can check them against the factory plans.
No big deal, unless you're ordering new sails
, and find out the PO replaced the boom with one that's two inches off, so your new sails just won't fit. Ooopsie.