Keeping It Simple
In Stevens' world, not roughing it extends also to sailhandling. His bareboat version of the Morgan Out Island 41 was sloop rigged, with a jib on a club boom and, forward of it, a wire-luffed genoa on a Schaefer furler. (This was in the days before foil-luff furlers.) In the 1970s, it was the ideal rig for the Windward Islands. Sailing upwind from Grenada to the Grenadines and farther north, you set the club jib and the main, perhaps reefed on the blustery days of December and January. Sailing back south, you set the genoa on the furler. Later, on the Gulfstar 50s, Stevens installed the Hood Stoway mainsail, going so far as to use the electric version because it was smarter than the average bareboat charterer-an overload relay would pop and prevent damage to the system from overcranking.