Does the length of a rowing shell matter?

Does the ength of a rowing shell matter? Is the shorter design of the Resolute more effective at reducing drag?

Pocock has a new series of articles and address the issue in todays posting. It does not seem to take a firm position - only discussing therelevant factors - although at the end it becomes clear that they are leaning towards the longer hull with their new 8+.

The discussion of drag as it relates to wetted surface area and wave drag is interesting and clearly shows that there are no easy answers.

A great deal of time and energy and money went into some of the research that has made shorter hulls more popular recently - what do you think?

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