Please don't be defensive because i am not trying to do anything except 1) respond to the question, and 2) point out that even in pleasure use, it can't be too strong. One will always make a mistake, and good handling, well built boats are worth what you pay.
The reason we have water coming over sponsons is that in 4 footers when you turn you get wet. Bigger waves, worse.
There are so many variables - i tried to point out a few - that it gets pointless to make comparisons unless you approach it very carefully. Generalizations, are almost always wrong.
Setup, we are fine; my driving ??? i'm sure Michael (throttles) would agree with you often!
Good luck in Point Pleasent. Brutal water many years. If you're running in the Chesapeake in 4 footers and turning a lot, that's great practice.