Some responses to other posts in other threads have brought up a question. Does a lighter paddler weight (and lack of gear load) make a higher volume boat sluggish and slow?
I am 5'11" 190lbs, boat load of food, water and crap of 75 to 85lbs in a WS Tsunami 170. I can easily keep pace with the group of other 14'/ 17' boats with lighter loads. With no load the boat seems quicker. My wife HATES the Tsunami, she is 5'10" 115lbs, the boat does not swallow her up, but she thinks it is like a bath tub and would rather be in a Pungo.
In another thread a smaller paddler commented on being light weight and not liking a boat and was advised that lighter weight can make a boat seem sluggish.
If a person fits a boat height wise, and the cockpit is padded to fit correctly, does lighter weight in a higher volume boat actually down grade the boats performance by lessening the water line of the boat?