Of course, often you have to take action to stay drier. Slowing down can help keep you dry in a head wind, provided the waves and current are such that you can run slow enough to maintain headway and control. On the other hand, going slow means “breaking” water farther forward on the hull, and can increase the chances of water that’s being thrown up getting blown aboard. So, other times it pays to go faster or trim out the drives a bit to raise the bow higher. Doing either causes water to break farther aft along hull, decreasing the chances of water blowing aboard. However, too much trim or too much speed might result in pounding or porpoising. On many occasions, the choice is not between tuning the boat for a comfortable ride or an uncomfortable one, but rather balancing the levels of several causes of discomfort against the experience of the crew you have aboard, the abilities of the boat, and the amount of time for which you need to endure the discomfort.