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It's been a long time since I saw a CS17 up close so I'll grab some numbers out of thin air. If your mast tube is 2 feet long and it's a quarter of an inch off at the base and the mast is 20 feet long then the tip of the mast will be out of place by 2.25 inches.  I think that's a difference that you will only see when you're at the ramp and looking at the boat from directly in front of or behind it.  When you're actually sailing I don't think you'll see it.  I bet plenty of us have sailed with that much bend built into our unstayed masts.  The center of effort of your mainsail isn't going to move much with that change in position, so you shouldn't notice as much change in performance as you will when you sit too far back in the cockpit.

I'd say finish the work and go sail and have fun.  If the difference in angle between the two masts eats away at you once you've gotten back on the water you can always adjust the angle of the mizzen to match.  It'll be easier to get to.

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I will say with a bit of embarrassment that even if you measure and drop strings and crawl around on ladders and level trailers and do all those other things until you think everything is perfect, your mast angle may not end up where you think it was going to.  And I will say with some satisfaction that the 17 seems to sail perfectly fine regardless, probably for the reasons Ken just mentioned.  The adjustments available with the two sails are such that a slight displacement in the center(s) of effort appear to be easily -- really unconsciously -- adjusted for.

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Thank you both for your thoughts, they are very relieving. Getting too caught up in the small stuff. Ordered the masts and sails today and am very excited to get her back on the water!

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