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Old 11-08-2008, 04:08   #1
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cape dory 36

looking at a cape dory 36, pros and cons? owned an irwin 34 years ago, not the most experienced sailor and plan on doing the east coast, thanks for any ideas and comments
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:35   #2
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These boats run the entire spectrum. Some are some of the most beautiful boats you have ever seen. Carl Alberg designed a lot of nice looking boats and a Cape Dorry has a lot of the traditional look many people like. They clean up well.

I think it comes down to the condition of the boat and all the components. They were built well and can carry a lot of stuff and have sufficient tanks to go for a while. The basics on this boat would make them a good choice for going away for a a while. It does come down to the actual boat condition. After this many years what they were is less important than what they are. I would look for the best one available and negotiate the best deal.

If you check out the Cape Dory Owners groups you'll find out why they like them.

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Owners groups will tell you all the bad stuff and why all the good stuff out weighs the bad. They also know all the thing s that need to be fixed.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:44   #3
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You want to completey ignore them. Stay away.. don't buy one. Wel.. not until after I find the one I want and buy it.

I keep looking and trying to justify the purchase. They are drop dead gorgous boats, and hopefully I will be more serious about buying one in the next year or two (and hopefully a good one will be available when I am ready).
Sing to a sailor's courage, Sing while the elbows bend,
A ruby port your harbor, Raise three sheets to the wind.
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I will try and remember the drinking song, I already have a line on one and it is on the hard to get a good look. I have been cruising the owners website for awhile also, so I feel fairly well informed. I was just looking through this forum and joining seemed worthwhile. The info relayed through this site is great. Thanks
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