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"fixed intermediate backstays.."
I'm not sure what you have in mind, there's permanent backstays, running backstays and no backstays... but never heard of internediate. perhaps you have aft lowers in mind?
Whatever, my advice for your intended use is to avoid any boat requiring running backstays. Who needs the aggravation unless its spread over the race crew? Furhermore, if you want to singlehand, why mess with a cutter rig, that's just give you another set of sheets to mess with. You need to look hard to find a real cutter rig to begin with,,an even harder to find running backs, probably 19 out of 20 boats on the market have neither...
Why a cutter?