A few days ago I purchased a Sawyer Shockwave racing canoe that weighs a mere 28 lbs. I bought the boat for it’s paddling efficiency and easy loading on the car—not for racing.
I’m trying to understand the advantage of a lightweight boat for racing for anything more than short sprints. Obviously a light boat would accelerate faster so I see the advantage for short distances. I don’t see the advantage for longer races, though. Wouldn’t a heavier boat glide longer and require less effort to maintain a given speed. I’m not a racer, and certainly not a boat designer so I’m sure I’m missing something. What is it?