With all this discussion I think something is being largely missed. In my mind I would devide the boats into FOUR categories....
1 sloop, one fore sail, mast head
2 stay sail sloop, mast well forward, inner and outer head sails
3 cutter, similar to stay sail sloop but with mast set back
4 cutter with sprit. Inner stay is at stem head
, mast is forward, measured from stem head, but aft if measured from sprit
With further divisions of type then perhaps some of the difference of opinion goes away.
Working on a sprit is less secure than on a deck
, the sprit boats staysail maybe proportionately larger. By rolling the sprit Yankee, and flying a stem head staysail you come close to a fractional rig sloop.
Also sailing with crew or solo will effect tour preference. I use the staysail more and more simply because I like staying on the boat.
Both our boats are of the type 4 variety.
I welcome corrections and other opinions.