Friends own a Stevens 50, and I've sailed trans-Med, trans-Atlantic, and parts
of the Caribbean
On theirs, the central hatch
is now a skylight and no longer a companionway
, so entry is largely from the cockpit
through the aft 'cabin'. The crew cabin
is basically used for storage
How do they sail? Are they a stone? Well, my friends & I are former 470 racers, also raced offshore
in pretty light-displacement stuff, so we like to go fast, but the Stevens isn't meant to be a speedster. Still, it was more than adequately fast for us, and was well-behaved when the weather
got "interesting", and nothing critical broke when an inexperienced crew member
managed an all-standing jibe. The boat's longitudinally stable, easy to control in a stiff quartering sea, yet is sufficiently maneuverable to handle well in a crowded harbor.
Having raced on things that were called "cruiser-racers" and been bruised by them, I can say that the Stevens 50m is a wonderful sea boat with well-provided with places to grab when passing through the saloon
My friends had a very clear idea of what they wanted as their new home, and searched for a good while with well-defined parameters. I think the Stevens 50 fits them admirably. If I had the bucks, I'd have one.