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Fractional to Full Rig?
Yes there are lost of disadvantages to this. Your boat was probably designed as a fractional rig and going to a masthead rig would give you leehelm which is dangerous in high winds.
Beyond that with a fractional rig you generally have better control over mastbend, and pumping and lower compression loads than a masthead rig.
Beyond that you will need all new headsails cut to fit this new configuration and the foretriangle may have too high an aspect ratio to really work well.