I have sailed and worked on the Cape Dory 27. Typically a well constructed vessel. Nice deep full keel
, nice sailing, pretty classic vessel. Many of Carl Alberg's designs have crossed oceans as well as completed circumnavigations. If you want to cross the Atlantic in a twenty seven Dory there are several areas that I would want to modify to make the boat safe. The main companionway hatch
as supplied is a weak piece of fiberglass
and would not be up to the task of handling a breaking wave. It would be a good idea to have a nice heavy wooden sea hood
"Turtle" fabricated. The large cockpit
will present a big problem should the boat get pooped. The size of the cockpit
drains should be increased and the lazzarette's should be made watertight so the engine
space can not be flooded in the event of a boarding wave.