Smaller Mainsail

Location

Upstate NY
United States
US

I am having a sailmaker cut off the bottom of an old main to make something that will behave in 20 knots.  Cut off too much and we'll have lee helm, so, how much to remove?  No change to the jib.  The main has reef points (Schurr) but sailing with those the boat can still be overpowered.  This is not for racing- this is just for going out and having fun.  My best guess is, 6 or 8 inches past the reef points.  Has anyone got experience with this??

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First, you could have a second set of reef points installed.

Second, with that much wind,  lower the jib and pull up the centerboardperhaps 1/3 to 1/2 way. The boat will sail nicely this way, pretty fast too! Try it befor modifying the main.

First, you can have a second set of reef points added

 Second, try removing the jib with the existing reef in the main. pull up the cwnterboard 1/3 to 1.2 way. The boat will sail very well