Jeff.. do you think you would be as easily able to induce the required prebend with a deck stepped set up (esp on your style of boat?)
Otherwise I too prefer the deckstep primarily for the potentially dry bilge..
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)