May make sense for someone that just happens to have a old canoe stern FD boat that is overpowered and needs an extra knot real bad.
But to manufacture something like this is nuts. Why not just build a good SD hull for the speed and power at hand for whatever reason.
And re getting pooped I've always thought that about nearly all swim steps but I've not heard of it happening. Perhaps big handfulls of throttle at the right time can avoid it. Post 1984 shows a stern that would rise up to most any imaginable stern sea. A full stern to be sure.
The Menorquin brand takes the canoe stern/stern platform to a whole new level. Just think of all of that lost cockpit/storage space.
So true, and whenever I see a gorgeous round stern like that, I'm in total conflict about adding swim platforms. Below are two examples. One is an exquisite Antares that I swooned over while river and lake cruising in the old GDR (East Germany). The canvas was done right too.
Next is a stunning 60' or so Choy Lee that parks here in Longboat Key. No doubt, the swim platform is done very tastefully, but added function and convenience still tax a perfect behind.