Thanks ship shape for the thread, it's very informative...
I agree that a hull
joint with bit of outward flair will keep the decks drier and redirect spray outwards. The reserve buoyancy in sailing wave trains keeps the pitching less therefore faster sailing and more comfortable offshore
Some designers make a valid argument that a plumber bow actually has more reserve buoyancy (more boat below the waterline) and also more wetted area (more drag). However with a raked back stem the argument is that the pitching is less, therefore making the boat sail faster as the sails
keep their proper foil to the wind
Our boat has a good bit of rake on the stem and yes, it does not pitch
a lot even in bigger headseas with a large anchor on the bow! The underbody helps also...
(And I also hit pilings too often!!)