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Boats don't gain a lot of weight simply because they're older. If the boat you're looking at floats on or near her waterline, she displaces what she's supposed to. Others above have already suggested that the displacement listed in the brochure may include lightening tweaks made by the marketing department: no water, fuel, sails, stores, lines, anchor, or crew. Adding weight with joinery changes, equipment, stores and other "stuff" may or may not affect how the boat behaves, however, and may or may not make any difference to you. It depends upon the boat. We sailed a 27' Soling for a long time. Adding 100 pounds of extra weight to that boat would have made it totally uncompetitive. We did everything we could to minimize weight aboard. Adding 100 pounds of soup cans in the lockers on a 27' Bristol Channel Cutter might not even lower her 1/4" on her lines: you'd be hard pressed to notice any difference. So... if the boat's floating and has gear you like, don't worry about her displacement. If the scale the yard uses may be off by 500# (according to the posts above), it isn't going to be of any use anyway.
Last edited by paulk; 10-31-2009 at 09:26 PM.