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Kayak design (high speed cruising)

Thanks to Guillemot Kayaks for such an informative website. I've designed a kayak hull shape using Prolines 98 Professional that eliminates wave drag above 5 knots. It produces the most total drag at 3-5 knots then reduces wave drag to 0lbs. above 4-1/2 to 5 knots.The total resistance above 5 knots is half of what a standard kayak would be at 6knots. When paddling several other kayaks, it seems hard to overcome 6+ knots for long distances due to increasing total resistance. My question is: Would this be a better design for cruising at higher speeds over longer distances than a normal hull design(i.e. less effort!) or would it be more advantagious to keep lower total resistance until you reach 6 knots? I know this sounds a little confusing and I apologize but I'm hoping someone can answer my question.

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