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Specifications: Cape Dory 40 Explorer Trawler

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LOD: 40' 0"
Beam: 13' 10"
Draft: 3' 9"
Displacement: 25,000 lbs.
(dry wgt. approx.) 
Engines: 300 hp.
(CAT diesel) 
Height above waterline (clearance): 13' 3"
Fuel: 400 gal. 
Water: 170 gal. 

Headroom: 6' 5"
Cockpit area: ??
Hull Type: Modified V
Deadrise Aft: 14°
Designer: Clive M. Dent, N.A. 
Cruising speed: 18-24 knots
Years Built: 1992-1994
Nr. Built: ??


Introducing the Cape Dory 40 Explorer Trawler:

The Cape Dory 40 Explorer is a well designed, well built fast trawler with comfortable accomodations for owners and guests. The interior decor is attractive with a well equipped galley on the upper level. The flybridge has twin helmseats with additional seating. The offset bridge ladder saves cockpit space.

This high-end performance trawler, with combined modern construction and classic DownEast profile, is spacious with a two-stateroom interior including two heads (each sharing a common shower stall), teak/holly cabin sole, and lower helm with deck door.

Additional features include underwater exhausts, teak cockpit sole, extra-wide side decks, roomy engine room. A full-length keel protects running gear in case of grounding. Cruise at 18 knots with a single 300 hp Cat diesel (23-24 knots top).

We believe there were about 4 to 6 CD40s built. Hull #1 was built by Cape Dory Yachts but the rest were from Newport Shipyards of Bristol, RI or Amityville, NY. Newport Shipyards 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.

A review of the Cape Dory 40 Explorer appeared in the June 1992 issue of Boating -- CLICK HERE to read the article. CLICK HERE to view the 1991 sales brochure from Newport Shipyards.

Text and specifications based on the 2008 PowerBoat Guide By Ed McKnew and an online "for sale" ad in 2008. Additional information is always welcome. Email

This page was last revised: 27 March 2008

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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