Sailing a Cutter
As I hone my sights in on my "dream" sailboat I'm finding that several of them happen to be cutters. More specifically, I really like the Hans Christian 38 Traditional and there are a few for sale on the west coast where I will be spending a substantial amount of time sailing. Most of my sailing time to date, with only a few exceptions, has been on inland Colorado lakes where tacking happens about every 5 minutes or so. I assume, and based on the little experience I have so far, tacking is not a thing you have to do quite so often when sailing along the coast. I personally plan to sail from Long Beach, CA up to Victoria Island, BC and then hopefully points beyond.
I guess my question is, are cutter rigged boats a pain in the ass to sail or is that extra sail a benefit? If you are in a position where you will tack / jibe frequently are there options like only running the staysail, removing the inner stay, etc? Can you run a big genoa up front if you want and basically be a sloop?
Thanks for any answers that come,