I've never known a boat to get faster
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-23-12 12:44 PM (EST)
when loaded. Some boats certainly feel more stable with a load.
A boat with very proud stems will have a somewhat longer waterline length with a load. As such, the theoretical maximum hull speed might go up slightly. But the wetted surface area also rises and I think for most paddlers this will be a more significant factor in how fast the boat feels.