In general, I think the design performance requirements, and the materials and hardware
characteristics to obtain this performance are often overlooked when upgrading an older boat.
I would be interested to hear opinions relating to such things, as you ask, on should you reduce the mainsail
area by the same percentage as the foresail is reduced when changing from a deck-sweeper jib to a higher cut furling
Do sail makers know to alter the built-in draft
of a foresail if your mainsheet traveller is an older type track without centering tackles? I kept my R/F boom for authenticity.
How does one trim your very-low stretch synthetic sails
to not overstress the hull
and rig, considering that older sail cloth weaves yielded much more to wind
I have a high ballast ratio, lean hull
with long overhangs. If I press her to hard to windward, she will gripe. So I foot off, increase speed and generally get there when the rocket ships are dropping anchor
At least, thats the way I see it.