1978 Cape Dory 27D

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Class Sails
Category Cruisers
Year 1978
Make Cape Dory
Length 27'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Buffalo, NY
Hull and construction

The hull is constructed in thick hand laid solid fiberglass laminate, the decks fiberglass with core of end grain balsa. Full length keel, lead ballast with keel-hung rudder. Traditional well-proportioned trunk cabin. The chain plates are manganese bronze castings thru bolted to steel backing plates that have been further strengthened by lateral steel stiffeners. The back and fore stay are similarly constructed.

Bronze thru hull seacocks.
Teak trim, handholds and toe rails.
Solid bronze hardware
Single lifelines w/gate
Stainless steel bow and stern rails.
Teak cockpit coaming.
Comfortable and spacious cockpit has two storage lockers port and starboard and an aft lazarette


Beginning from the bow the standard Cape Dory 27 layout with a large v-berth in the forward cabin with lockers under the berths. There is a large overhead hatch and two opening ports which allow for good ventilation. Aft of this is marine Port a Pottie on the port side and a hanging locker opposite on starboard and a door which will close this area off from the main salon. The main cabin has starboard and port settee berths in tasteful plaid upholstery with storage under and behind. Teak inserts in FG sole. Dining table on post is removable. The galley is aft of the settee area with the sink and icebox on the starboard side with a Alcohol stove and storage to port. There are four opening bronze ports in the main salon.


Large ice box
Origo alcohol stove
Hand pump fresh water
Ample storage

Sails and Rigging

Sloop rig, with aluminum mast stepped on the deck.
Stainless steel wire standing rigging.
Working jib on Harken roller furler.
150% genoa.
Mainsail (with cover).
Two brass primary winches'
Two Barlow #15 halyard winches on mast.
Mainsheet aft of cockpit, Schaeffer blocks
Adjustable cars on mast
New halyards
New topping lift

Electric and instruments

Battery selector switch
Distribution panel
1-house battery
1-starter battery
Oil lamp


Boat hook
Dock lines
Cockpit cushions
Whale Gusher bilge pump
4 jack stands

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Contact Information

Contact RCR Yachts listing broker: Tim Finkle 860-917-5416 timfinkle@rcryachts.com

Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Draft
Cabin Headroom
Length at Waterline
Engine Make Yanmar
Engine Model 1GM10
Engine Year 1978
Total Power 8hp
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
1978 Cape Dory 27D

Brokers comments: The classic Carl Alberg designed Cape Dory line is well known for its sea keeping abilities and strength in the build process. Great lines and ample space below for a couple to take a cruise without worry should a sudden storm appear. Dove has the much sought after Yanmar diesel inboard engine. If youre looking for a classic design at a very affordable price, look no further than Dove. In need of cosmetic cleaning and some renewed varnishing. 

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