Actual vs stated draft, etc.
Our PSC 31 is stated at 4'10". However the marine surveyor when we purchased in 2007 said he thought it was about 5'2" actual. We just returned from a nine-week cruise to the Florida Keys and fully loaded with water, fuel, food, beer, jugs on deck, etc I'm sure we were 2" lower such that draft was about 5'4". You could clearly feel the difference in boat handling fully loaded vs. empty, but after all she's just a little boat with a lot of stuff aboard for that cruise. Even fully loaded we had no issues with her in the Atlantic Ocean in 20 knots and a confused sea although there's a lot of motion.
Back in her slip and dry she's now floating about 3 " higher.
PSC 31 # 26 " Patty Ann"