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Cape Dory Sailboat Owners Association
More About Cape Dory Boats
Founded in 1963, Cape Dory Yachts soon earned a reputation for building solid, seaworthy New England sailboats. In the late 70's, they expanded into powerboats, starting with a commercial dragger and a lobsterboat, then branching out into poweryachts.
Unfortunately, the original Cape Dory Yachts was among the victims of the 1990 recession, and the name and most of the molds were sold. Fortunately, there are now three boat builders producing boats using those molds. So, while a pessimist might say the Cape Dory line has been scattered, a more cheerful view is that Cape Dorys have gone from being orphan boats to being supported by not one but three manufacturers: Newport Shipyards, Robinhood Boatbuilders, and Nauset Marine.
The Cape Dory name and many of the molds were purchased by Newport Shipyards in Amityville, N.Y. Newport has delivered at least 4 Cape Dory 40 power yachts (photo right, © Allan Weitz), most in the Northeast, although one is in Puget Sound. Newport also advertises the popular 28 foot powerboat in open, enclosed and flybridge configurations. (Newport has reportedly ceased operations; see update.)
Happily, Cape Dory's founder, Andy Vavolotis, once again owns the molds for his 36 and 40 foot sailboats, and is producing the former as the Robinhood 36 (photos left). According to Robinhood broker Dave Perry, hull #2 was scheduled for display at the 1995 Newport, R.I. boat show. In 1995, Joe Bonitch posted the following report on the rec.boats newsgroup:
Nauset builds from these molds under the Nauset C/D name. They have the molds for the 30, 33 and 42 foot powerboats, the 30 foot motorsailer, and the 19, 22 30 and 33 foot sailboats. Since they are a custom yard, they will build boats on order only; they have no dealers and their only stock is a couple of boats used for boat show display around the Northeast.
Thus far, Nauset has delivered three Nauset 42' Powerboats built from former Cape Dory molds. The three were configured as a lobsterboat, a charter fishboat, and a custom yacht. In August 1995 they were just starting hull #1 of the 33' powerboat, available in three configurations: hardtop cruiser, flybridge, and with an extended step-up bridge deck.
In the sail fleet, Nauset is building the 19' and 22' Typhoons.
Dawson had hoped to start his C/D line earlier, but had a "sensational year" with the old Nauset line. The line represents about a third of his available styles. Over the winter he hopes to begin production of the C/D 30' Motorsailer, as well as a 30' single engine version of the 33' powerboat.
Owners of existing Cape Dorys have some hope of support from all these builders. Newport provided a letter from an 'old' Cape Dory owner thanking them for furnishing some parts. Spartan Marine, makers of most of the metal forgings used on Cape Dorys, is still in business in Robinhood, Maine. And Nauset is using different fittings in its new boats, but can duplicate molded fiberglass parts if necessary.
Hobby Marine currently has the molds for the CD 300 Motorsailer and are building it as the Cape 300 Motor Sailer. They can be contacted at: P.O. Box 220, Pollocksville, NC 28573. Phone: (252) 224-1600.
Where to find them:
Dave Perry, Yacht Broker
Robinhood Marine Center
Robinhood, ME 04530
Modified by: Catherine Monaghan
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