It can be quite surprising to find out what things can actually affect how well your engine performs. Even where you store things or sit on a boat can significantly influence how well the engine runs. When the weight shifts to the rear, it can increase top speed. However, if too much weight is put in the back of the craft, the boat can porpoise.
So what happens if the weight is in the front? Planing off will be easier and it will improve rough water ride. However, if too much is in the front, the boat can veer left and right. Of course, really getting the most out of your engine means proper maintenance, such as buying the right outboard motor oil and other upkeep.