When I was putting my boat up for the winter, I unloaded a bunch of stuff; equipment, supplies, etc. It was a nice afternoon and we thought we'd take her out for a short spin down the channel and once up to temp, I brought the throttles up to 100% - the old girl topped out at 24 knots on the GPS at slack tide....hasn't gone that fast since new. Then it dawned on me how much weight I'd added over the years and exactly where/when the additional weight started slowing me down.
Our 25' cruiser was very weight sensitive; just one more passenger could make the difference between a normal cruise on step and not being able to get on step at all.
So where are you at with your boat weight? Are you near the top of your power/weight/drag curve or do you have some 'room' left? How many boaters run at the top or just over that magic point? And, how does that affect your mileage/fuel considerations? What are you carrying now that you don't need? I know that I'll be removing some stuff that I've carried for years, (such as a Honda generator that I've used 3 times in 12 years and a barrel pump that I've used twice in the same time period.) How about you?