The current furler
drum is right at the top of the bowsprit
, as low as possible on the forestay. The genoa
fills the entire luff length, minus a couple inches. When fully deployed the genoa
has to go up over the pulpit railing. This causes the foot of the sail to have to bend over the rail. When sheeting close to the wind
it's a bitch to get the sail up over the rail.
When I install the new furler
is it practical to have the drum a little higher to have the foot of the genoa less affected by the railing? This will also afford slightly better visibility forward? Can the existing sail be cut for the new configuration? The profurl units come with extra long tangs for this purpose, that's what got me thinking this way.
Or could I have the sail recut a little shorter and take up the space, at the tack, with a pennant?
Does all this dribble make sense, image added for clarification: