Re: Sailing from Scratch!
Sloops and cutters are often differentiated simply by the existence (or not) of double headsails.. however it's more about mast placement and rig dimensions.. in many cases what might be termed or labelled a cutter is in reality a double headed sloop.
In either case, if you're after that flexibility or 'look' or style, then don't sweat the definition. If you like the boat and it checks out OK... just go with it!
Good luck in your quest.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)