Paul Calder

The Cape Dory 28

24 Nov

Between the years of 1963 and 1991 Cape Dory Yachts built over 4,800 boats. Designed by Carl Alberg during a time when the newly booming fiberglass pleasureboat industry was churning out the beamy, lightweight cruiser/racers which so disastrously failed in the 1979 Fastnet race, the Cape Dory 28 really stands out. It is unequivocally a cruising boat, built with the conservative full keel and hefty displacement which gave Alberg a name as a designer of production boats which simply sailed well.
There are myriad benefits to the heavily ballasted full-keel designs which made Alberg famous, many of which are very ...

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Finding My Cape Dory 28

18 Nov

As the weather warmed up my first spring in New Orleans I began to realize how many derelict old sailboats were for sale in the area. It didn’t take long to revive longstanding dreams of finding an old boat to repair and take south. Once I started searching in earnest though I quickly found that despite this abundance it was no easy task to find a boat cheap enough yet within reasonable limits of decrepitude. With my experience largely contained to the well-maintained boats my family has lived on I was astounded by the sheer number of things that can ...

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An Introduction in Two Parts

10 Nov

Hello, and welcome to my blog. I’ve created this as a space for musings on low-budget sailing, DIY sailboat repair, and to follow the evolution of my sailboat, a Cape Dory 28 which needs rather a lot of work. I’ll be introducing her in my next post but I suppose I should start with a little about me, and what got me into this boat project.
 Though not quite born at sea, my sister and I have lived on sailboats, on and off, since we were just a few months old. Until high school when we were no longer allowed ...

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