1982 Cape Dory 36 Cutter

City Island, The Bronx, New York, United States
$32,000 USD
Condition: Good

Classic Carl Alberg designed Cutter. Well maintained teak with varnish, updated UK Main & new main sail cover, newer bimini/dodger & connector w/side curtains. Purchased in 1986 by present owner.

Equipment: Additional Specs, Equipment and Information: Dimensions LOA: 36 ft 0 in Beam: 10 ft 8 in Engines Total Power: 50 HP Engine Brand: Perkins Year Built: 1982 Engine Model: 4-108 Engine Type: Inboard Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel Engine Hours: 1634 Propeller: 3 blade propeller Drive Type: Direct Drive Engine Power: 50 HP Cruising Speed: 7 knots @ 1800 RPM Tanks Fresh Water Tanks: Plastic (108 Gallons) Fuel Tanks: Aluminum (50 Gallons) Holding Tanks: Plastic (20 Gallons) ACCOMMODATIONS:Sleeps 6: forward V-berth; 2 pull out berths to port, 1 berth to starboard; quarter berth; head w/hand-held shower Teak & holly cabin sole; satin finish teak interior GALLEY: CNG 3-burner stove w/oven (2 tanks in aft lazarette) Hot water off engine 4 Poly tanks total 108 gal. water capacity ELECTRONICS & NAVIGATION: VHF radio Garmin GPS Map Datamarine S200 DL depth Datamarine S100 KL speed/log Ritchie compass Removable radar reflector on mast halyard ELECTRICAL: 2 2017 Powermaster heavy duty batteries Cabin lights Navigation lights HULL & DECKS: White fiberglass hull, beige non-skid decks Removable teak cockpit sole Double lifelines Removable swim ladder to port SAILS & RIGGING: 2016 UK main w/lazy jacks Original 150% genoa in “good condition” 100% Yankee in “good condition” Staysail (hanks on) New Cape Dory brown mainsail cover Cutter rig; aluminum mast stepped on keel Wire rigging Harken roller furling jib 2016 Main halyard 2016 Genoa Sheets ENGINE & MECHANICAL: Wheel steering Emergency tiller Electric bilge pump Whale Gusher manual bilge pump Marine head w/holding tank, Y-valve OTHER: Bimini cover w/connector & side curtains, dodger/spray hood, beige cockpit cushions, teak cockpit table


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Carl Alberg
Cape Dory Yachts
Cape Dory Sailboat Owners Association
# Built


Length Overall
36 1 / 11 m
Waterline Length
35 11 / 11 m
8 0 / 2.4 m
4 11 / 1.5 m
16,100 lb / 7,303 kg
6,050 lb / 2,744 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
622′² / 57.8 m²
Total Sail Area
622′² / 57.7 m²
Sail Area
296′² / 27.5 m²
37 0 / 11.3 m
16 0 / 4.9 m
Mast Height
46 5 / 14.2 m
Sail Area
326′² / 30.2 m²
41 11 / 12.8 m
15 5 / 4.7 m
Forestay Length
44 9 / 13.7 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
43 gal / 163 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
132 gal / 500 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
6.96 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
under powered
less stiff, less powerful
Comfort Ratio
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

Cape Dory Yachts was founded way back in 1963 in New England by sailor and engineer Andrew Vavolotis starting out with a little 15 footer. Through the years the company has forged a great reputation for building sturdy vessels that are safe at sea, simple in layout and easy to handle. Outside of Cape Dory’s pocket cruiser offerings 30 feet and below, the Cape Dory 36 stands out as being the next most popular. Perhaps this has been due to their versatility as both great offshore boats as well as being well suited for weekend and coastal cruising.

The design comes from Carl Alberg, a legendary name in cruising yacht design of the old age before designers like Perry redefined what a cruising sailboat should look like during the boom years of the 1970s and 1980s. Alberg’s design influences came predominantly from the Scandinavian folkboat which emphasized seakindly and well mannered sailing characteristics at the sacrifice of internal volume and initial boat stiffness. The Cape Dory 36 follows this tradition with a narrow beam, low freeboard, large overhangs, and a full keel with a cutaway on the forefoot.

The boat is built strong and a quick check of the heavy rig reveals a cutter configuration which emphasizes offshore work. Yet for the coastal cruising type, these boats are nimble and easy to sail. They have a usefully shallow five foot draft which makes for great bay hopping. The interior is considered cramped by modern standards but livable for couples on extended voyages; reserve the six berths for those social weekends away.

Under sail they track well to windward exhibiting a tendancy to be initially tender which lengthens their effective waterline before stiffening up. The low freeboard concedes a relatively wet ride. On long downward runs, again they track relatively well, except in quartering seas. In chop, expect some amount of hobby-horsing.

Construction has always been top notch throughout and with excellent interior joiner work. Note significant changes were made to the deck and interior arrangement in 1987. Owners haven’t reported any areas of weakness or bad years, and through the years the boats have earned a loyal following.

Cape Dory Yachts ceased operations in New England in 1991 selling the molds for the 36 to Robinhood Marine who continued production with refinements on a semi-custom basis. In total 165 Cape Dory 36s have been built.

Links, References and Further Reading

» Cape Dory Owners Association, Cape Dory 36 brochures and further information.
» Cape Dory 36, A Survey, Nautical Quarterly No. 18, Summer 1982
» Robinhood 36 article “Legacy”, Latitudes and Attitudes magazine, May/June 1997



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