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Dry weight is generally a bit lower than displacement, as the displacement will often include gear, people, food, water, fuel and equipment. Both displacement and dry weight include the ballast on a boat, but the dry weight may not include gear, equipment, passengers, cargo, fuel, water, or food.
Please note that the USCG uses the term displacement to measure boats, and it has nothing to do with actual weight or volume of water displaced. My boat weighs 3400 lbs., yet the displacement according to the USCG for the boat is net FIVE tons, which is the minimum displacement for a documentable boat.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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