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Seller's Description

Our little yacht is being put up for sale and we believe the next owner will love sailing her as much as we have. Everything is in sailing condition from the standing rigging to the running rigging (boom vang, adjustable back-stay etc.), North Sails sail inventory (sail ties and reefing lines etc.), newer outboard 4-stroke engine for auxiliary power (can remain on the motor mount for fresh water flushing after use which we do every time). The hull, deck and cockpit are in great shape although not without the usual blemishes (bottom will need new paint though). The small but effective cabin has all of the cushions in great condition (4, full-length sleeping berth cushions), a Porta Potty (never been used), paddle, boat hook, auxiliary 5 gallon gas tank with hose, and too many other extras to list. The cabin top and mast are supported below by a stout, varnished 4x4 support brace running down to rest on the keel. The wood and trim pieces (rub rails, companionway hatches, tiller etc.) will need some attention but should be an easy and maybe even a fun project if you have the time. The Cape Dory (not just our opinion see links below) is a coveted design by Carl Alberg and there are only so many of them out there for sale, so if you are in the market, we would encourage you to consider exploring this option. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

For a little background, we co-own this little gem of a sailboat (both families have owned many sailboats of all sizes over the years we have raced and cruised etc.) but our children have gone off to college and alas, she is not leaving the slip very often. Someone should take the baton and take her out more than we do.

Lastly, please note that our Cape Dory is in a slip in Sausalito, CA and there is no trailer available.



Carl Alberg
Cape Dory Yachts
Cape Dory Sailboat Owners Association
# Built
FG solid laminate


Length Overall
18 7 / 5.7 m
Waterline Length
13 10 / 4.2 m
6 3 / 1.9 m
2 8 / 0.8 m
2,000 lb / 907 kg
900 lb / 408 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
155′² / 14.4 m²
Total Sail Area
155′² / 14.4 m²
Sail Area
96′² / 8.9 m²
22 0 / 6.7 m
8 9 / 2.7 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
59′² / 5.5 m²
19 1 / 5.8 m
6 2 / 1.9 m
Forestay Length
20 0 / 6.1 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
5.1 kn
Classic: 5.0 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.


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

5.07 knots
Classic formula: 5.0 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<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.


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.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more 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.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
275-350: heavy

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.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
<20: lightweight racing 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.


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
<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
<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.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

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


The DAYSAILER model has a slightly larger cockpit than WEEKENDER.
With nearly 2000 built, this was Cape Dory’s most successful model.

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