False stems provide protection against all the things we’ll bump into. They’re replaceable, like bumpers on a car, but a lot cheaper. They are fussy to fit, but no more so than any other curved part. Did I mention that there are no straight parts or 90 degree angles on most boats. Everything is a curve and everything has at least one beveled edge.
For a “wow factor,” I gave about ummm 7 seconds thought to the idea of carving a fiddlehead in one of the false stems.
BTW, here’s another nice view of the gains.
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