Fat Ass Sterns of New Boats
I think the only thing you need right now is a good sail. You know the answer to your own question of course. All that "beam carried well aft" means more volume on the inside, probably a nice wide sugar scoop stern for swimming and getting into the dink, or in general -- making the missus happy, etc. Sailboats are meant to sail?
You will note that dual wheels are becoming more common to handle that pesky issue of 6-foot long arms. Used to be you''d only find that set up in racing boats, but no more.
Talk to some of the old-time designers, and they all hate the wide sterns. Those wide sterns have to decrease performance.
BTW, my boats in the water. Yesterday I went out into the Patapsco River to watch the Volvo Ocean Boats head to Annapolis for the weekend and the start of the next leg of that race on Sunday. Awesome sight yesterday! Talk about some serious racing geat, it boggles the mind.
Glad you feel better. Now go sailing.