Re: Chappelle skiff
There's nothing disagreeable about a plumb stem in an of itself. It adds waterline length and works fine in short chop, which might be called a typical Chesapeake Bay condition. However in tide rips, areas with lots of current surfing downsea,which might be called expected conditions in the PNW, they can tend to act like a bow rudder and make steering less reliable.
So its not the stem, but what waters a given stem finds itself in.
There are two kinds of boaters: those who have run aground, and those who lie about it.