I looked very closely at several Cape Dorys about six years ago. I loved the design, but kept running across soft decks and leaking deck-to-hull joints. Boat after boat would have the same problems. They have a good reputation, though. I may have just run into a bad batch because I tend to be a bottom feeder. If I were to approach one today, I would have a rubber mallet in one hand, and one of those instruments that detects water
in the layup
in my other. I would look at the hull-to-deck all the way around, even in the lazarette and the chain locker. And if I found a good one, I would pay the man good money
, take the boat home, take everything off the deck
and drill out, epoxy
, and rebed everything as has been described in several maintenance books
. Then I would sit back and enjoy the fact that I had a well designed, truly capable boat built with a heavy layup
by a reputable company. And heck, they look almost as good as my B32.