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A couple things that may be a little misleading in the Santa Cruz vs Cape Dory discussion is that the Santa Cruz is a much earlier generation semi-displacement design, and the newer semi-displacement designs are much more tollerant of weight and are constructed with more modern interior components that look a lot more finished than the 'scan' interiors of the 1970's. It is also my sense is that the Santa Cruz would actually tollerate more payload weight than the Cape Dory as a percentage of their displacement. What is often forgotten is that a boat like the SC40 would be raced with a crew of 8 or 10 in the Transpac race and that this represents as much as 3,000- 4000 lb of crew, gear, and consumables. I have a tough time thinking of a Cape Dory 30 carrying anything like that.
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