I would suggest affixing the gooseneck to the mast in a set location and then setting up a proper cunningham. If you mount the cunningham or downhaul hardpoint to the mast step, there will be no effect on the cabintop.
Having a fixed height boom makes it easier to setup and use a boom vang. It also makes it less problematic if you decide to run the halyards and other control lines aft, since some lines, like the outhaul and reefing lines, would be affected when the boom changes height.
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