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If you're not actively racing, I'd go with 2+2
Id also include 2, maybe 3, sets of battens for the varied conditions that are on the Ches:
First set would be tapered 'soft' battens for light winds so that the max. draft occurs at about mid cord, especially for the top panels --- to power-up the head (shoulder) sections during the 'doldrum' conditions of July/August on the Ches.
Second set would be for spring fall sailing, a bit stiffer and tapered so that the draft sets a little more forward of the 'light' battens.
Optional Third set is for running off to New England ... stiff battens to depower the top/head/shoulder when sailing in the strong afternoon 'sea breezes' along the NJ/NE coast ... and for better sailing when deep reefed.
Other & Again, especially targeting offshore sailing - an over-the-top leech line system so that you can control the leech tension from the base of the mast, etc. but you'll have to go back to the 'other' thread for the other recommendations --- boltrope additions, etc. if you want a LONG-life sail, etc.
Cross-cut is fine - you can 'follow' the 'stretch', etc. better by set/shaping adjustments as the sail ages; not as 'heavy' as a radial, etc.