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1985 Cape Dory Cruiser 28

1985 Cape Dory Cruiser 28 boat for sale

Cape Dory 28
Model Length:
28 ft
CAD $65,000
Oak Bay, Victoria, BC
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Listing Broker

Trina Holt

Yacht Broker - Maple Bay Marina, BC




This simple-yet-elegant down-East style cruiser has nearly a cult following. In the 28 years that Cape Dory Yachts was in business, they built over 2,800 sailboats and over 300 powerboats: 223 of those were of the 28’ variety. That said, it’s a treat to see one of them here in the Pacific Northwest. Many Cape Dories were designed by the renown naval architect, Carl Alberg, and you can see that influence in the simplicity and clean lines of the 28’.

Enthusiasts rave about the “incomparable seakeeping abilities,” and the “simple elegance of a classic interior with spacious cockpit and wide, sure-footed decks.” This particular case is an excellent example of what they’re talking about. CAPER pleases the eye with that salty East coast look. The bow is high, and the rub rail is a rope! When you step aboard, she feels as a boat should feel underfoot: neither tender nor stiff, but hardy and ready to go. The interior is simple and clean. Very no-nonsense, yet dignified and comfortable. One can imagine pulling off the yellow slicker, the sou’wester, and the gum boots on the aft deck, then stepping inside to the smell of Cook doing up a mess of lobster. Or, in a more West Coast style, shedding the rubber boots, the Helly Hanson, and sitting down to a feast of crab and halibut. Either way, it does the heart good. You can see why this was the most popular powerboat that Cape Dory ever made.

With easily $15,000 worth of work done over the last two years, this boat is in the best shape she’s seen in 20 years. So, hum your favourite sea shanty and come take a look. It will be time well spent.


At the forepeak, a chain locker stores rode and is accessible only from the outer deck. Inside, behind the chain locker is a v-berth with insert to make the bed a full triangle. Aft of that to port is the head. Across from the head, to starboard, is the galley. Two steps up takes you to the main cabin. To port is an L-shaped settee with oval wooden table. To starboard is the helm station with an adjustable captain’s chair. The engine is located beneath the main cabin. Aft of the main cabin, through a sliding wooden door is the outer aft deck. There is a bimini over the deck. Under the deck is storage. On the deck is a fiberglass storage box. Aft of the transom is a teak swim grid that runs the full length athwartship. A fiberglass sailing dinghy is stored on the swim grid. There is 360° access outside the cabin via wide walkaround decks and teak handrails.


28 ft
Beam Measure:
9' 11"
2' 11"
9,000 lbs
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  • Name: CAPER
  • Make: Cape Dory
  • Model: Cruiser
  • Year: 1985
  • Builder: Cape Dory Yachts
  • Cabins: 1
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Heads: 1
  • Location: Victoria, BC
  • Price: $65,000 CAD


  • LOD: 27’ 11”
  • LOA: 32’
  • Beam: 9’ 11”
  • Maximum draft: 2’ 11”
  • Headroom: 6’ 3”
  • Displacement: 9,000 lbs


  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Brand: Westerbeke
  • Model: 6 Cyl
  • HP: 100
  • Year: 1985
  • Cooling: Fresh water
  • Drive: Direct
  • Hours: 2500
  • Last service: 2021 Fall
  • Cruising speed: 7 kts
  • Maximum speed: 12 kts
  • Consumption at cruising speed: About 1 gal/hour
  • Instrumentation: RPM, oil pressure, fuel, voltage, temp

The engine has glow plugs. When pre-heated, it starts immediately without any fuss and only a minimum of smoke. Sound panelling encompasses the entire engine room for the quietest possible ride.

  • Transmission new in 2009
  • Engine mounts new in 2015
  • Upgraded Racor filter installed
  • Water pump rebuilt, exhaust hose replaced, valve adjustment and injectors cleaned and reset in 2019
  • Fuel lines new in 2016
  • Shaft coupling replaced 2020
  • Shaft seal readjusted 2021

Hull, Propeller, & Rudder

  • Hull shape: Semi-displacement with moderate beam, round bilges
  • Hull materials: Fiberglass. In 2021 it was stripped and recoated
  • Trim: Teak, maintained regularly with Semco teak sealer
  • Deck materials: FRP and cored in areas
  • Cabin materials: (straight FRP or cored? If cored, with what?)
  • Rudder: Prop and rudder protected by keel
  • Propeller: Bronze 3-blade, right hand


  • Steering: Wheel
  • Emergency tiller
  • Sounder/GPS/Plotter: Garmin 198C colour Chartplotter, speed, depth
  • Compass: Ritchie at helm
  • VHF: New 2016

Aft & Outer Decks

  • Wonderfully spacious back deck
  • Teak swim grid of generous proportion
  • All decks painted with Kiwi Grip
  • Hot/cold freshwater shower
  • Main door rebuilt 2021
  • Deck hatches: One above v-berth
  • Portholes & windows: 1 opening in galley, 2 opening in v-berth, windows all around main cabin
  • Lazarette: Generous size, access via aft deck
  • Outer storage: Fiberglass box in aft deck
  • Railings: Stainless steel around aft deck; stainless steel bow pulpit
  • Canvas covers: Bimini over aft deck, window covers


  • House batteries: 4 x Trojan 6V, 2015
  • Starter battery: 1 x GRP31 12V, 2015
  • Battery charger: Pronautic charger and monitor, 2015
  • Battery monitor: Victron
  • Inverter: 500W, 2021
  • Shore power cord: Smart Plug, 2015
  • Wiring and panel replaced with new in 2015
  • All lights are LED 2015, 2021
  • Red LED over helm for preserving night vision
  • Alternator rebuilt 2020


  • Fuel: 90 gal – new certified plastic in 2016
  • Fresh water: 90 gal total, 2 tanks, plastic
  • Hot water: 5 gal, electrical or engine heated
  • Holding: 20 gal, plastic
  • Holding tank config: to deck or sea
  • Propane: BBQ only
  • New potable water pump 2021


  • Dinghy: Booth 9’ beautiful fiberglass classic sailing dinghy with sail, rudder, and oars (Minto model). Tows very well.
  • Dinghy storage: Weaver davits for vertical storage on swim grid

Ground Tackle

  • Windlass: Lewmar Pro 1000 12V electric, motor replaced 2021
  • Anchor primary: 10kg Bruce
  • Rode: 60’ of 5/8” chain; 250’ of 5/8” 3-strand nylon line
  • Stainless steel anchor roller


  • Bilge pump: Electrical (will be new); manual replaced 2021
  • Bilge blower: Yes
  • Engine overheat alarm: Yes
  • Fire extinguishers: 2 x 3A 10 BC dry chem; Saloon & head
  • Carbon monoxide alarm: Above galley
  • Life ring: 24” located on aft deck
  • Boarding ladder: Stainless steel on swim grid


  • Heat: Wallace diesel stove/heater – see note under “Galley, Stove”
  • Sole surface: Teak & holly; main cabin sole refinished 2021
  • Bulkhead/hull finish: Main cabin upper paint and woodwork refinished 2021
  • Large windows surround the upper main cabin. Clean, white curtains can be drawn for privacy.


  • An L-shaped settee is to port. It makes down into a double bed. Beneath is a tremendous amount of storage.
  • To starboard is the helm station with wheel steering. A fixed, oak captain’s chair is fully adjustable in height, as well as at the back. Very comfy!
  • Windows surround the cabin, flooding it with light, and views of the Pacific Northwest. Clean, white curtains port and starboard can be drawn for nighttime privacy.
  • Engine access is located beneath the newly stripped and refinished teak and holly sole.


  • Fridge: Top loading (compressor will be new)
  • Stove: Wallace diesel stove/heater; Air is drawn from inside the cabin and exhausted outside, creating a warm and dry heat that is blown throughout the boat. The same system heats the stovetop most efficiently. This system eliminates the need for propane inside, or battery-draining electrical-powered cooking.
  • BBQ: Propane outside on aft deck
  • Sink: Deep stainless steel
  • Taps: High stainless steel for filling large pots (with a lotta crabs in them)


  • Toilet: Manual Jabsco with new flush pump and seals, 2021
  • Tap: Single-lever, hot/cold, stainless steel
  • Basin: Deep stainless steel
  • Ventilation: Opening porthole
  • Lighting: Covered bulb, and a large translucent overhead. Almost like a skylight.


  • Attractive blue cushions form the sleeping area. An insert can be placed to allow the bunk to be the full triangle.
  • Upholstery is in excellent condition.
  • Storage shelves run port and starboard above the bunk. They are accessible through large openings that, while giving good access, keep anything stored in there from falling out.
  • Storage under forward end accessible under foam.
  • Storage under port and starboard sides accessible via cupboard doors.
  • Hanging locker aft of bunk.
  • 2 reading lamps.
  • Teak lined along the hull.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

1985 Cape Dory Cruiser 28

Listing Broker

Trina Holt

Yacht Broker - Maple Bay Marina, BC


1985 Cape Dory Cruiser 28

Listing Broker

Trina Holt

Yacht Broker - Maple Bay Marina, BC