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Re: Boat Trim
I am no naval architect, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night...
My boat was not floating perfectly evenly when I bought her, just like yours. I removed about 200 lbs. of unnecessary weight (for my purposes) by going through every locker and removing all the accumulated unnecessary gear, supplies, maintenance items, etc., and a water heater from one of the cockpit lockers. I also moved some of the heavier items around to try to balance out the weight better. As much as possible, I try to keep the weight low and toward the center of the boat. Since I usually daysail, I keep most of the items off the boat and I sail with an empty water tank. When I load the boat up for an extended cruise, the additional weight of water, food, drinks and ice will alter the floating balance of the boat again.
Lighter is almost always better. My boat now floats well above its designed water line and I believe the performance is always better when the boat is as light as possible.