Aboard a yacht of Isobel’s length, hydraulic sail-handling gear has become very popular, but Stephens Waring and Schotte took a different tack. “We designed the sailing systems specifically to avoid the issues that come with large, complex hydraulic systems: excess weight, loss of power when running multiple functions simultaneously and, most important, complexity and maintenance headaches,” Stephens explained. All of the heavy loads — the winches, furler and windlass — use electrical power. The individual electric motors are heavy, but the design team realized a net reduction in weight over a fully hydraulic system. A low-volume hydraulic system powers the vang, Cunningham, outhaul and tilting footrests at the helm.