I've run the 40' in every configuration and with every power package. I have never found them to be wet. The fastest 40' is actually the Zues boat with a 33-34 knot cruise, the MAN 800's only cruised it at 32 knots. Was the boat incredibly low on fuel? You can always cruise the MANs slower, but I've always ran all of them at 80% cruise all day, sea state permitting.