How does weight distribution affect boat performance?

Uneven weight distribution will adversely affect a boat's performance by altering the boat's center of gravity and, consequently, the running attitude (i.e., angle). Overloading the stern of the boat may result in excessive bow rise and poor planing characteristics, while overloading the bow of the boat can result in a dangerous condition known as 'bow steer,' wherein the bow of the boat may dive into waves, causing the boat to veer unpredictably to port or starboard.

updated: 4/1/2008