Apart from the extra sail area, I guess that it being mounted so far forward would help counteract the tendency of the boat to round up in stronger winds.
I would hope so, further tests will tell, if you wanted to sail the combo in strong winds you may want to choose the 16 Sq Ft model?
In any case it can be raised and lowered in seconds without fouling with any of the existing gear.
The kit can be fitted anywhere on the Foredeck, (and moved to your other Kayaks easily), I just chose the near-closest reccomended distance to the prow to allow ample separation for unobstructed airflow.
Someone from Hobie who understands the AI geometry, its sails and their positioning might have helpful info to add.