We have a Caliber 40 that is cutter rigged and which we sail as a sloop
almost all the time. We have had the boat for 19 years and sailed her quite a bit - off shore, inshore, and in confined waters.
The removeable inner forestay is seven (7) feet aft of the forestay / genoa tack.
The tack for the Code 0 is 14 inches forward of the forestay.
We originally had a 135% RF genoa on the forestay, a 120 sq foot staysail, and a 1250 sq foot Asymmetrical spinnaker
that flys off the bowsprit
14" forward of the genoa tack.
After our first mini-cruise we upgraded our sailplane to:
750 sq foot Code 0 on it's own roller furler
170 sq foot overlapping staysail
120 sq foot staysail
80 sq foot storm staysail.
We kept the 135% genoa but felt it was too big to be rolled effectively in 18 knots upwind and not as effective as a Code 0 or spinnaker
in less than 6 knots off the wind. Therefore -we had North Sails build us a heavier 120% RF genoa that held a very good shape when furled to 100%. That genoa furled to 100% is still quite effective hard upwind in 16 to 20 knots apparent.
We only rig and use the inner forestay / staysail in winds forward of 60 degrees apparent which, exceed 25 knots apparent.
The 170 sq foot overlapping staysail is a great upwind and very close reaching sail in 22 to 32 knots apparent. It greatly reduces heel and weather helm
and gives about 2 degrees higher pointing ability than the furled genoa. From 30 to 45 knots upwind we use the 120 sq foot non-overlapping staysail. Above 45 knots - we have sailed there quite a few times but always chose to sail off the wind in those conditions.
We fly the Code 0 off the bowsprit
in any winds aft of 70 degrees apparent from 4 knots to 10 knots. From 10 to 20 knots we use the 120% genoa.
I can rig the removable inner forestay in pretty rough conditions in just a few minutes. The hank on staysails are very easy to attach so we seldom keep the inner forestay rigged.
We have never experienced any problem tacking the 135% or 120% genoa with the inner forestay rigged.
I have single handed the boat for the last 18 years during at least 5,000 miles of sailing and have no concerns about rigging
the inner forestay as a single hander. I have single handed in winds up to 40 knots up and downwind and it never occurred to me single handing a cutter would be any different than single handing a sloop