The Cape Dory 28 was designed by Carl Alberg and produced by Cape Dory Yachts from 1974 – 1987. 389 boats were built. It is a full keel design with attached rudder and moderately shallow draft. This is going to be the smallest Cape Dory that we consider a Bluewater Cruiser. The smaller models are great for inland cruising.
The Cape Dory 28 offers a variety of cruising features combined in one design. More than other yachts of her size. This is one of the only 28 foot cruisers that comes standard with a club footed self-tending jib for effortless windward sailing as well as a bowsprit that incorporates an anchor roller for easy anchoring. The boat also features a large Volvo Diesel giving it dependable power at the touch of a button. These features, when combined with the famous Alberg full keel and moderate, well-distributed sail plan result in a yacht that is easily handled by a minimum of crew. The Cape Dory 28 has a healthy displacement of 9,000 pounds making her very seaworthy. The yachts long keel with attached rudder allow the Cape Dory 28 to hold her course well. These features mean comfort and security in even heavy weather. Other standard equipment included are bronze opening ports, lightning ground system, bronze seacocks on all thru-hull fittings and solid bronze hardware. These reflect a boat built with the highest of standards.
Cape Dory 28 Sailboats can be purchased used in good condition for between $15,000 and $25,000. Fair condition boats can often be found for around $10,000.
We have compiled some sources for Cape Dory sailboats for sale as well as accessories. Here they are :
Cape Dory Owners Association Main Site – Main Site on the Internet for Cape Dory Owners – Helpful in finding boats for sale and accessories.
Boats Dot Com Website – Great Site for Cape Dory 28 and other sailboats. Type in Cape Dory or Cape Dory 28 as your keyword, put in your zip code and choose no limit for range.
Yacht World Dot Com Website – Great Site for the Cape Dory and other sailboats. I have had good luck with this site. There are normally at least 5 for sale. Type in Cape Dory as your keyword at the top of the page.
Sailing Texas Website – Great Site for finding small sailboats and Cape Dory Yachts. They have boats from more places than just Texas so don’t let the name fool you.
Boat Trader Online – Good Site for Finding Used Cape Dory Sailboats as well as other Bluewater Cruisers.
Craigslist Search Engine – Search all of craigslist at one time from one site. Lets you search the entire country. Great place to find both sailboats and parts. Simple to use. Type in your zipcode and the keyword you want to search for.
Steven Cole (Economics, MBA – University of West Florida) – 40 years of sailing and cruising experience.