"You said the mast is stepped a foot above the deck? Is the mast hinged too, and lays back onto the boom gallows? If so, then I think Tim Gardner is right, it was probably re-rigged by Keith Scott or the previous owner did it with guidance from Keith Scott. I wouldn't be concerned about it, in fact, it's a nice upgrade. Shouldn't affect sailing performance other than the sail rubbing on the aft shrouds when off the wind with the main up."
Here are some pictures of the mast hinge on my CP-19. The hinge is actually 18" above the cabin top.
I have not attempted to contact Keith Scott, but I will reach out to him and let you know what he says about my rig. I have also attached a pic of her with the mast ready for the road.