I'm curious about a hull design feature of several singles I've observed
over the last year. I'm sure there are others but on a wooden WM, recent
Dirigo, and Vespoli Matrix 27 the stern is tapered so that about a 12 to 18
inches of the stern is suspended above the water even when the rower is in
the boat. I thought, perhaps, that the boats were too big for the rower,
but the Matrix 27 was being rowed by a large heavyweight, so it must be a
design feature. What would be the benefit to having length in the stern
that is not in the water?