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JeffH - Question on cutters
I''m not Jeff, but I''ve read about and seen the characteristics that distinguish a ''true'' cutter from a ''sloop''.
A true cutter will have the mast set farther (nearly mid-way) back than a sloop, which usually has the mast set about 1/3 way back from the bow. So, if one only removes a cutter''s mid-forestay - that in-of-itself will nott make the boat a ''true'' sloop.
Also, the boom on a cutter will likely be a bit shorter than on a similar sized sloop. Thesw sail size and location differences will have a large effect on where the center of force is located, and thus on the boat''s performance and sailing efficiency.
I''m sure Jeff-H can add much more detailed information.
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