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..
".. 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)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"