Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
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Yes, location does affect the price to some degree. As Jordanship has pointed out, the northern boats are usually in better shape due to the shorter season, lower temperatures, weaker sunlight, etc.
Location can also affect the price of boats in another way. Boats that are scarce in one area may be higher priced than the boat would be in an area where it is more common.
Given the size of boat you're looking for, I would ask what it is about the Cape Dorys that you like specifically. There are many boats that are very similar to the Cape Dorys in that size range. Alberg, who designed many of the Cape Dory boats also designed a lot of the Pearsons in that same size range.
Also, the Cape Dory boats are older, smaller, less spacious full keel designs for the most part. That may not necessarily be the best boat for what you'll be doing with it.
Before committing to any specific group of boats, I'd suggest you think about what your real purpose for the boat is and then base your boat search on the boats that would best suite that purpose. If there are few Cape Dorys down in your area, there is probably a reason for that.
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