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  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.

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