Tigger1987 By 9 levels behind, I assume you mean that it is 9 town hall upgrades behind since it is 8 player levels per town hall level and that would be barely behind. Warehouse space would get terribly tight at that point.
Mine is roughly 1 level behind. Upgrade to 80 finishes in 6 days and I'm level 638 so by the time it finishes, I'll probably be at or close to the player level for the town hall level 82 upgrade but starting the level 81 upgrade.
I'm only that close by managing experience earning activities fairly tightly. I'm very judicious in acquiring ships. If the town hall starts getting behind, I'll skip doing some event contractors. I've stopped upgrading production buildings. They aren't the main source of wood, stone and iron anyway. Upgrading them just makes the daily tasks take more fish. I let the houses get behind some levels too since I'm not running out of crew.
pixel_player979355845 I don't know how you manage that. It was only early on in the game that I'd have to wait for experience to level so I could start the next town hall upgrade.