Well, for a 7.5' mast you'd probably need something like a spritsail rig to get more than 20 sq. ft. of sail up. Why that length? You'll lose at least 18" to the inside of the boat from step to partner, so even if the canvas swept the gunwales you'd only have 6 feet of mast or less.
I have a fairly small sailing rig for my dory skiff, the el cheapo setup of a $45 very used Sabot sail at 38 sq. ft. and a 16' fir mast made from two 2x4's glued together and shaped oval. If you want an inexpensive marconi rig, set up either with a standard boom or spritboom, this is the way to go (at least for testing).
Here it is on the original Sabot mast and boom, since broken and replaced with the stronger home-made mast -- not a lot of canvas for that size boat...but up a lot higher than you'd probably want for downwind sailing.
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Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.