I notice the 'Profiles' here don't provide an entry for type of boat owned/sailed, so I can't tell what type of boat you have nor do I know what kind of sailing you plan on doing in the future...so these comments exist somewhat in a vacuum. But when I compare e.g. an IP 33 with a (Crealock designed) PS 34, there's no doubt which boat I'd rather be using at sea.
Neither boat has abundant foredeck space, and I'd find the IP cutter
a much less inviting (safe) area offshore
than on the PS cutter, with its non-boom staysail. Also, most crews these days use an inflatable
for a dink which, on smaller boats, typically is stowed on the foredeck. A fixed stay/boom installation
makes the inflating and also inflated storage
of a dink more problematic, typically forcing the crew to either tow it or place it on the cabin
top (a big loss of visibility) or deflate it before sailing. One of the things I like about our solent stay, which I installed with an ABI quick release lever like I've seen on the PS 34, is that I get to choose when the foredeck is cluttered with sail hardware
vs. available for projects, to spread out a foredeck awning, or to inflate/work on/deflate the dink.
You might think about experimenting with some of Jeff's tips about rigging
and trimming your staysail before moving to a boom'd staysail. (Might also save some money
, if you can avoid that extra hardware