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Seller's Description

Classic Carl Alberg designed Cape Dory 28 for sale. This 1983 version of the popular pocket cruiser distinguishes itself from earlier years with a full teak interior (bulkheads, sole, trim, etc) as well as all bronze hardware and portlights. The CD28 is a full keel boat, extremely stable and comfortable in all conditions, with several well-known examples of the boats making ocean passages. See Sam Holmes Sailing for the most recent example. A full write up the CD 28 is below.

We are offering the boat as is and will accept any reasonable offer. The engine is not currently working as we are in the process of reinstalling a recently re-built fuel pump. If purchased as-is we will take any offer. Once engine is fixed, well ask $8,000. This is a perfect opportunity to get value. The boat is ideal for sailing around the sound, or for an ambitious sort to refresh her and make her blue water ready again.

From the Cape Dory Owner’s Association: The Cape Dory 28 offers her owner more practical cruising features combined in one design than other yachts of her size … features such as a self-tending club footed jib for effortless windward sailing … a bowsprit that incorporates an anchor roller … and a large Volvo Diesel that adds safety and dependability. These features, when combined with the famous Alberg full keel and moderate, well-distributed sail plan result in a yacht that is easily handled by a minimum of crew. Her hefty displacement of 9,000 pounds, and her long keel with attached rudder allow the Cape Dory 28 to hold her course in a seaway. These features mean comfortable motion, stiffness, and security to all aboard. Other standard equipment such as bronze opening ports, lightning ground system, bronze seacocks on all thru-hull fittings and solid bronze hardware, reflect the determination of Cape Dory to supply a cruising boat of the highest standards.

Equipment: Sails, etc: New Doyle sails (from City Island) 2016. Fully battened main sail, 135% genoa. We have not sailed much in the past few years and the sails are in fantastic shape. Still crispy. Theyve been cleaned and maintained by Doyle annually. We also have jib (barely used) and jib boom for original rig set up. Shaefer roller furling. Running rigging is in fine shape.

Interior: Interior oiled teak is in good shape and shows well. Interior setee and v-birth cushions in great shape. Alcohol stove, ice chest, head, etc.

Ground Tackle: Two anchors: danforth anchor kept in cockpit lazarette. CQR/Plow anchor mounted on bow sprit, with 15 of chain.

Deck Hardware: Classic cape dory bronze hardware including: lewmare self-tailing winches, bow and stern cleats, portlights.

Other: Simrad TP31 tiller pilot Variprop 3 bald folding prop Life vests, gas stove, icebox, compass, depth meter, vhf radio Supply of fenders, deck lines, life vests, etc.

Engine: Volvo Penta diesel. The fuel pump is now fully rebuilt but needs to be reinstalled by a professional and were running out of time with our new boat arriving soon.

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Specs

Designer
Carl Alberg
Builder
Cape Dory Yachts
Association
Cape Dory Sailboat Owners Association
# Built
388
Hull
Monohull
Keel
Long
Rudder
?
Construction
FG solid lamine hull/ cored deck.
Also Known As
CD28

Dimensions

Length Overall
27 11 / 8.5 m
Waterline Length
22 2 / 6.8 m
Beam
?
Draft
?
Displacement
9,000 lb / 4,082 kg
Ballast
3,500 lb / 1,588 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Type
Sloop
Reported Sail Area
404′² / 37.5 m²
Total Sail Area
400′² / 37.1 m²
Mainsail
Sail Area
197′² / 18.3 m²
P
31 5 / 9.6 m
E
12 6 / 3.8 m
Air Draft
41 0 / 12.5 m
Foresail
Sail Area
203′² / 18.8 m²
I
35 2 / 10.7 m
J
11 6 / 3.5 m
Forestay Length
37 0 / 11.3 m

Auxilary Power

Make
Volvo
Model
?
HP
15
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
32 gal / 121 l
Engine Hours
?

Accomodations

Water Capacity
60 gal / 227 l
Holding Tank Capacity
?
Headroom
6 2 / 1.9 m
Cabins
?

Calculations

Hull Speed
6.2 kn
Classic: 6.32 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Formula

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

6.21 knots
Classic formula: 6.32 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
14.9
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

Formula

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
14.94
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
Ballast/Displacement
38.9
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Formula

Ballast / Displacement * 100

38.9
<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
366.6
>350: ultraheavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

Formula

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
366.64
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
31.5
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Formula

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
31.52
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
1.7
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

Formula

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
1.7
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising

Notes

The Cape Dory 28 is a rugged little cruiser often quoted as having a feel of a larger boat. She combines traditional looks, quality construction and well-mannered sailing characteristics into a package that is offshore capable. As testimony to her seaworthiness, we’ve seen at least one circumnavigation – in 2009 Fred Bickum completed his three year voyage singlehanded in his 1978 Cape Dory, FêNIX.

At her launch in 1974 the Cape Dory 28 marked the beginning of a fruitful twelve year partnership between Cape Dory Yachts and well respected designer Carl Alberg. Between 1974 and 1987, Cape Dory built 388 in their yard in East Taunton, New England, helping the company forge a grand reputation for producing sailboats that are well constructed with excellent sailing characteristics.

Taking a closer look at her hull shape a trained eye can see much of the classic Alberg form. A Swede himself, he was heavily influenced by the sleek Scandinavian folkboats of the early 20th century, and in that regard the 28’s hull is narrow, making for less accomodation volume belowdecks, but the long overhangs seen in earlier Alberg designs are only hinted at, instead they have been toned down in favour of a longer waterline and gaining back some space. The sheerline is graceful with traditionally low freeboard. Beneath the waterline is a full keel with a forefoot cutaway and ending in a keel-hung rudder which completes her classical profile.

Hulls are of solid fiberglass in polyester resin while decks are balsa or plywood cored fiberglass. The build quality is excellent throughout and the quality of her fittings are good. Bronze is used for the through hull fittings and the eight opening ports, though early boats before 1978 had lower quality plastic ports.

Under sail, they are sea kindly, stiff and capable in heavy seas, yet surprisingly quick in light winds. Nine thousand pounds of displacement, a modified full keel and a well-distributed sail plan results in a well balanced boat that tracks easily, is nimble through the tacks yet has enough momentum to push through choppy water.

In summary, if you’re looking for a small cruiser with classic looks and proven offshore potential, but don’t mind foregoing the interior room seen in more modern 28-footers, the Cape Dory 28 may be a good choice.

Buyers Notes

  • Decks are fiberglass with a plywood or in some models balsa core. Check for stress cracking which if neglected can allow moisture into the core. Particularly critical areas include the chainplates and mounting points for deck hardware
  • Check the fuel tanks. Most models have aluminum tanks mounted on wooden cleats that caused pitting in the aluminum, eventually leading to failure. Some models have steel tanks which can be prone to rusting. Note the tanks can be easily accessed via the port seat locker without difficulty.

Links, References and Further Reading

» Cape Dory Owners Association’s Cape Dory 28 page. Info, brochures and photos.
» Cruising World Magazine’s review of the Cape Dory 28 by Lauren Anthone, 2007.
» Jack Horner’s review of the Cape Dory 28, BoatUS

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