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Specifications: Cape Dory 36

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L.O.A.: 36' 1 1/2"
L.W.L.: 27' 0"
Beam: 10' 8"
Draft: 5' 0"
Displacement: 16,100 lbs.
Ballast: 6,050 lbs
Sail Area: 622 sq. ft.
Mast Height: 46 1/2'
Designer: Carl Alberg
Years Built 1978 - 1990
Nr. Built 165

The flagship of our line is the Cape Dory 36. This fine yacht was designed from the keel up by Carl Alberg to provide the maximum combination of comfort and performance in a yacht of this size.

The standard 36 is Cutter rigged, and is powered by a 4-cylinder diesel auxiliary. She has 6 berths, carries 132 gals. of water, 43 gals. of diesel fuel, and is a true blue water cruiser.

Despite the emphasis on ocean cruising capabilities assuring her ability to stand up in a blow, beat to windward or track effortlessly on long downwind runs, the Cape Dory 36 is not intended solely as a single purpose, long distance, passage making yacht. While powerfully built and heavily rigged for off shore work, she was designed to be equally well suited for the gentle breezes of an afternoon sail or a weekend cruise. The cutter rig with ample sheet and halyard winches, jiffy reefing gear and self-tending, boomed staysail, make her easy to sail single or short handed. Husband and wife crews will particularly appreciate the double headsail rig which offers a variety of sail changing and shortening options.

Her interior layout is extremely comfortable and her joiner work is Cape Dory’s finest.


Haven't see a Cape Dory 36? Check out the Cape Dory Owners' Websites for owners' comments, photos and sailing yarns. See also this Nautical Quarterly article on the CD 36 and this Lattitudes & Attitudes article featuring the Robinhood 36 and Robinhood Marine (article with photos) featuring Legacy. Be sure to download the following documents:

Newport Shipyards of Bristol, RI acquired the Cape Dory name and the molds for the Cape Dory motoryachts (except the 30-footer), the CD300 Motorsailer, and the CD30MKII, CD330, CD36 and custom CD40 sailboats around 1991. CLICK HERE to view the 1991 sales brochure from Newport Shipyards. Robinhood Marine now builds this lovely vessel as the Robinhood 36.

Text and specifications based on a Cape Dory brochure dated 10/30/80, probably for the 1981 model year.
Additional information is always welcome. Email

This page was last revised:19 November 2009

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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