I have had a 16 ft Avon for 20 years. It seems to accelerate with just a couple of strokes. It has a glued in SB floor. I bought an Achilles 15.5 ft two years ago, it has a laced in SB floor and I am disappointed in how slowly it accelerates. Tracking is similar to Avon and maneuverability may be just a bit better. As I was cleaning and 303ing the other day it donned on me that the skirt on the bow and stern is huge. They probably balloon like a drift anchor and hold 7-8 gallons of water and act as a brake. Has anyone trimmed or glued the skirt of a lace in system to reduce this drag. Would there be a down side to doing this.