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Cape Dory 28
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5 5454 Fri August 25, 2006
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100% of reviewers $15,000.00 8.0












Description: Cape Dory 28
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed October 9, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Traditional cruiser, full keel, 9,000 lbs Disp. 14 H.P. Diesel,
slightly underpowered when motoring. Slow in light air. Handles
heavy weather well. Engine access tight for maintenance. Overall
this is a quality boat which I would recomend for anyone considering
cruising.
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Review Date: Thu October 17, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A solid full keel cruising boat. It won't win many races but it will always get you home.
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Review Date: Mon October 28, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Cutter rigged by previous owner. Custom trailer.
The Cape Dory 28 is an excellent value due to extensive use of bronze hardware. Back when Cape Dory was producing boats under 36', they owned (or partnered with) Spartan Marine, a producer of bronze hardware...so the Cape Dory's got their extensive outfitting. A used 28 goes for $20k-28k, but would cost over $60k if available new (probably priced themselves out of the market).
The 28's full keel provides a seakindly ride with pretty good upwind capability. She'll carry full sail in 25kt winds with no problem.
Weaknesses. Way difficult engine access. Difficult to trim out weather helm.
Overall the Cape Dory 28 is a keeper. She has a goodly amount of sail area (blows away Catalina 27's) yet is stiff enough to make sailing comfortable for novice guests.
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Review Date: Wed February 26, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This full-keel blue water cruiser is stiff, seaworthy and forgiving. As with all Alberg boats, she combines her solid, smooth ride with surprising speed, even in light air. With an upgraded sailplan, she will surprise avid club racers.
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Review Date: Fri August 25, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $15,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great Design & Solid Construction
Cons: Gel Cracks Common, Volvo MD7A Parts Expensive

I've owned mine for 4 years now, and have spent as much as two weeks aboard at a time. This Alberg design, built by Cape Dory, is a wonderful cruising boat but has a few minor bugs. Cape Dory is famous for laying on thick brittle gel coat that cracks at random llocations on the decks and cabin top. Nearly all have some cracks; some boats have a lot. Most are not serious cracks, but keep an eye out for wet core where the cracks look deep. Nearly all CD28 will show cracks around the cabin top at the mast; this is from brittle gel coat and the deck cabin top flexing just a little while carrying the rig compression to the bulkheads (not keel stepped). These cracks are usually no problem in and of themelves, but watch for signs of movement in bulkheads that carry the rig. Most have a Volvo MD series diesel with difficult to access and expensive parts. However, with a little care, they've proven to be very long lived motors. Mine still runs fine after 27 years.

With good sails bent on the boat sails great, very little weather helm. Hulls are not really prone to blistering, and the quality of the hardware and rig is excellent. The simple sloop rig makes her an ideal single handed boat, with 5'10" headroom. While early models will have plastic ports and a rough interior finish, CD28 built after 1979 will have all bronze ports and nicely finished teak interiors, each year a little nicer.

All in all, it's tough to find a better cruising boat that sells in the $18k to $23k price range.

Cheers!
John
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