IMHO, the added windage isn't that much of a problem, as it would be further forward, where it would make the boat much harder to tack...
It can interfere with making docklines fast and docking in general, since you're higher up, and it is a greater distance to the dock from the raised deck.
Also, if the raised cabintop goes the full width of the boat, it might make going aft less secure. If you're going aft on a boat that has a raised cabintop with sidedecks, the cabintop gives you some support, helps prevent you from sliding across the boat and off the low side, and helps shelter you from the water if you're on the high side of the boat.
BTW, I don't see the boat in your two photos as having a raised after deck really.
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