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Re: Staysails as original equipment?
I"m old fashioned, or maybe just overly attached to old-fashioned ideas. But two headsails are not the determining difference between a sloop and a cutter (and there is no such thing as a cutter/ketch). On a cutter, the mast is more aft than on a sloop, back near the center of the boat. Bob Perry's book asserts that it's near the center of the sail plan, not the center of the boat, thus taking the bowsprit and any boomkin into account (at least, that's how I remember it). If the mast is ahead of the center, then it's a staysail sloop (or staysail ketch), not a cutter. Wikipedia agrees, for what that's worth ...