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  Theoretical top end hull speed
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-03-13 11:05 AM (EST)

=1.55 x waterline length in mph. Do the math for two different waterline lengths and your how faster question is answered. In theory.. The problem is that people cannot go longer infinitely; their personal limit on longer is better depends on how much horsepower they can develop.

Now sometimes you can make a long boat a little shorter by heeling it. I use a fifteen foot boat in mangrove tunnels and can adjust (if I don't get stuck ) the length to make it a little faster turning. I don't like kayak paddles there but that is a different discussion.

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