Thanks for all the replies.
I spent last evening crawling around above the bilge in 85 degree humid weather -- Boating is fun.
I didn't find any lead that shouldn't be there, but I did find a hose that needs some more research to see if it goes anywhere.
I took out some stuff, moved over stuff forward and removed the gas tank from the lazarette. The gas tank was the only thing that made any real difference. It has about 3 gallons in it and moved the waterline in the back up about 1/2 of an inch.
So I think I am looking at two changes.
1. Get a Tohatsu sailpro that weighs around 60 pounds to replace the 100+ pound Honda 9.9 that I have. This will obviously need some investment, but I think getting 40 pounds out of the tail end will probably bring her back up to her lines when the captain is not on board. Anyone want to buy a used Honda 9.9?
2. I think the gas needs to move forward, but I am not sure where to mount it. For weight I guess the best position would be forward low below decks, but that does not seem to safe. The lazarette is also not really the 'safe' place for gasoline either.
Does anyone have a suggestion where to store a 3 gallon portable tank on a 23 footer? "On the cockpit floor" will probably cause issues. I have one of the "EPA" tanks and it bulges something crazy when left in the direct sunlight.
The attached photo shows the cockpit scuppers just above water when I am no one is aboard. I guess that much is good, but the green boot stripe is nowhere to be seen.