…is my 40 ft. cutter… That is a sloop (sailboat) with the mast set slightly aft to allow a jib as well as staysail (forward sail). The forward sail on a sloop is called a jib, but is technically a staysail. The cutter jib is attached to a stay that runs from the forward deck to some point above the mast spreaders about 2/3 up the mast. It is usually footed (a wooden boom attached) and will swing free (not require moving sheets when tacking).
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