Originally Posted by yoyo
I wish somebody would google some answers for the original question
I wish people would search the forum before asking questions that have been discussed before
Obviously tubes in the water gives you some advantages:
- better stability
- lower freeboard for getting people in out the water
However there may be some disadvantages
- drag in the water (which may slow you down a bit - although cookie obviously doesn't worry about that so probably neither should the rest of us!)
- weed growing on tubes if kept afloat
With "high" tubes it may be possible to sit "lower in" the boat rather than "on" the boat which may make it less likely to fall out! Likewise you can achieve a higher freeboard keeping water off the deck.
As well the two extreeme of "always touching the water" at rest and "never touch the water" at rest - there will be some boats which don't touch when empty but touch when heavily laden.