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Old 10-07-2011, 00:19   #1
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The Stevens 50

Hello....we're probably all familiar with the Stevens 47, which is a bit of a legend. However, is anybody familiar with the Stevens 50? There were not that many built. My question relates to how they sail. They are quite heavy at around 20 tons. Does that make them a slug, or do they get along all right?
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Lightbulb Re: The Stevens 50

Friends own a Stevens 50, and I've sailed trans-Med, trans-Atlantic, and parts of the Caribbean with them.

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.
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Thank you Mr Cheesehead. Good information.
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