Re: propellor rake and running
Is your boat a skeg or built-down?
More rake generally results in diminished rooster tail and increased bow lift as you say--for outboards and stern drives. I'm not so sure the same applies to inboards--at least not with as much effect seen. I'd talk to a good prop guy--Michigan Wheel's tech, actually, have always steered me right over the years--but I'm not trying to push them--as changing one charachteristic may have other ramifications. Like changing RPM at WOT and cruise.
There are two kinds of boaters: those who have run aground, and those who lie about it.