Lucy currently has one sail forward of the mast, but I’m going to replace it with two smaller ones, which will make her a cutter like CY43 in the image above. My previous boat, Zephyr, was a cutter, and I became really fond of the benefits. Besides being far more aesthetically pleasing to look at, the cutter rig gives the skipper more choices of sail configuration. I can sail with just the jib and mizzen – that’s the little sail at the stern – or staysail and mizzen, or both jib, staysail and mizzen. It’s a very flexible sail plan.
The jib, that’s the most forward one, will be on a Harken 436 furler. The staysail, just forward of the main mast, will hank on to the forestay. There are quite a few changes to be made to facilitate all this, and I’m still learning about it. I’ll post in more detail when it actually happens.