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.
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.