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Specifications: Intrepid 35

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Intrepid 35
L.O.A.: 35' 0 "
L.W.L.: 27' 3"
Beam: 10' 1.5"
Draft: 5' 7.5"
Displacement: 15930 lbs.
Ballast: 6250 lbs
Sail Area: 570 sq. ft.
Mast Height:  
Designer: James McCurdy of McCurdy and Rhodes
Years Built 1978 - 1980
Nr. Built 5

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Below is a note I received from Ian McCurdy in October 2009 -- Cathy Monaghan:  

From: Ian A. McCurdy
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 7:34 PM
Subject: Intrepid 9M

Please note that the designer listed for the Intrepid 9M has a qustion mark next to our name.

As far as I can tell McCurdy & Rhodes did not design the 9M.

We did design the Intrepid 35, and the designer, James A. McCurdy, purchased hull number 5 in 1979. The sail number in the sailplan is for Wissahickon, our boat. We sailed her to the Azores in 1985, and had a beautiful passage. She is no longer owned by the McCurdy family, but she still sails out of Oyster Bay, NY with her new young owner.

Ian A. McCurdy
Naval Architect
McCurdy & Rhodes, Inc.
5 Seawanhaka Place
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
(516) 922-1077 (V)
(516) 313-7231 (C)

The INTREPID 35 was originally built in Rexdale, Ontario as the Heritage 35. Approximately 20 boats were built before the moulds were purchased by Grampian Yachts around 1974. Cape Dory acquired the moulds in 1977 and completed their first INTREPID 35 in 1978. The following info was taken from an online 'for sale' ad:

The hull is fabricated using conventional fiberglass (shingle-skin E glass mat/roving) construction. Ballast is externally mounted to a fin keel. The rudder is skeg mounted. Hull to deck joint is an inward turning hull flange bedded and bolted to the deck, capped by a thru-bolted teak toe rail.

"Living Space" is a luxury you can afford on the INTREPID 35. A boat is, after all, your home for a weekend, every weekend or for your vacation and every minute that you are aboard. So your boat should have room for people, the gear they want (and need) to be comfortable, and for those personal touches that mark your boat as an extension of your personality.

The INTREPID 35 has the room for active sailing and active living. From cockpit to cabin sole, you'll find that the INTREPID 35 was designed and built with real, full-size people in mind. There is standing headroom for six-footers throughout the main cabin. Five adults can sleep comfortably on deep, secure berths that are all at least 6' long. There is privacy between the main and forward cabin. The cockpit is large, with a bridge deck that makes a great "cocktail table." There are numerous lockers, traps and alcoves for stowage of clothing, linens, gear, cameras, tapes and everything else you need to enjoy life aboard.

The design features a fin keel for low wetted surface, and excellent upwind performance. A spade rudder is hung well aft, and is protected by a skeg. This gives excellent steering response under sail or power, while the skeg contributes to steering stability. It also guards the rudder from bumps, bangs and foulings.

Forward Cabin:

Access to lower chain/rode locker thru forward most bulkhead. Sleeping accommodations for two in a Vee-berth configuration. Filler board and cushion convert berthing space to a double berth. Storage space under Vee-berth in drawers (2) and bins (2). Additional storage in cabinet aft of starboard berth (2 drawers and 1 locker). Reading lights port and starboard. Ventilation thru opening ports and Bowmar opening hatch. Interior cabin sides and principle joinery are of teak. Cabin overhead is white FRP liner. Storage cabinet is of white Formica laminate with teak trim. Floors are of teak and holly.

Head Compartment:

Head area is aft of forward cabin portside of centerline. The area to starboard of centerline is a passageway between the forward and main cabins with a large hanging locker furthest outboard to starboard. Head features include: Stainless steel sink basin supplied with fresh water by means of foot pump. Cabinetry and counter for sink basin is of white Formica laminate with teak trim. Teak towel rack. Manually operated head (with teak seat), ventilation supplied by opening port and dorade vent. 12 volt lighting.

Main Cabin:

Main cabin area encompasses main salon, galley area, navigation station and port aft quarter berth. The main bulkhead, interior cabin sides and principle joinery are of teak. Storage areas outboard of settee is faced with white Formica laiminate and trimmed with teak. Where exposed interior hull sides are sheathed using ash battens. Cabin overhead is white FRP liner. Lighting is by overhead dome lights (6) in the main salon, nav station and galley. Ventilation is provided by a dorade vent located in the passageway leading to the forward cabin, opening ports (4), and Bowmar opening hatch in overhead.

The main salon has settee seating/berthing port and starboard. Port settee slides out to create a double berth. Poly water tanks are located under the settees. A fold down table/book case of white Formica laminate with teak trim is mounted to the port forward bulkhead.

The galley is aft of the main salon to starboard of the companionway. Galley equipment includes: stove with oven, large ice box located under the galley counter and manually supplied fresh water to stainless steel sink basin. Generous storage is provided outboard of the galley counter in cabinets.

The navigation station/quarter berth is located aft of the main cabin to port of the companionway. Navigation station is sit down and forward facing. Seating for the nav desk is the forward end of the quater berth. The quarter berth extends aft under the starboard cockpit seat locker providing sleeping space for one.

Deck and Hull:

Deck, cockpit and cabin exterior surfaces are of gelcoat on both smooth and non-skid areas. Exterior teak features include: toe rails, cockpit coamings (optional), hand (grab) rails, cabin eyebrow, dorade boxes and companionway trim. A shallow anchor well at the bow is covered by a teak hatch. There are three storage/sail lockers located in the cockpit. Starboard and aft lockers are deep lockers with ample storage capacity. The port locker is shallow for storage of winch handles, etc. Stainless steel bow rail, stern rail and lifeline stanchions. Coated wire lifelines with opening at stern rail both port and starboard. Stainless steel stemhead fitting, backstay tang and chainplates. Bowmar opening hatches in main and forward cabin overheads. Opening ports (8 ea).

Mechanical and Electrical:

Raw water-cooled diesel engine. Bronze shaft and shaft strut. Aluminum fuel tank (20 gallons, approx.). Controls for throttle and transmission located at helm. Edson steering system with pedestal and binnacle guard. Manual fresh water supply with foot pumps at galley and head sink basins. Two poly fresh water tanks located under port and starboard main cabin settees (80 gallons, approx.). Manually operated head (with teak seat) plumbed to holding tank. Waste systems plumbed for deck and/or overboard discharge.


12-volt ship's system with main selector switch and DC panel. AC shore power system. Main AC supply panel/switch. AC and DC outlets. Two battery banks (house and engine).


Single spreader masthead sloop rig with aluminum mast and boom.

Intrepid Yachts, a division of Cape Dory Yachts, Inc. Text and specifications based on an "For Sale" spec sheet of a brokered boat in 2002 and modified based on info received from Dave Perry of Robinhood Yachts - formerly of Cape Dory Yachts. Additional information is always welcome. Email

This page was last revised: 17 October 2009

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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