Mark Cameron Yachts

Cape Dory 28


Priced to sell. Afloat and in commission.



Lying: Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelCape Dory 28
NameLazy Beaver
DesignerCarl Alberg
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
LyingArgyll, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionGRP
Keel TypeLong Keel


EngineYanmar 3YM30S
Engine Hours270
Fuel Capacity121l


Drinking Water Capacity227l


Built in the USA the Cape Dory 28 was one of the most popular designs in her size range when in production. The pleasing lines, clean decks combined with the practical and relatively spacious layout below decks still appeal to sailors today.
With an interesting history Lazy Beaver arrived in the UK following a circumnavigation with her first owner. Benefiting from being professionally maintained she boast a recent Yanmar engine installation with less than 300 recorded running hours. Ideally suited to single or short handed sailing her spacious cockpit and clean decks would make her ideal for a young family.
Lying afloat Mid Argyll. Viewing by appointment.

Lauren Anthone. Cruising World Magazine, June 2008.
'I wandered around boatyards until I found myself gazing at a Carl Alberg-designed Cape Dory 28. Three weeks later, and despite the fact that I really hadn't intended for it to happen, I was a boat owner.
What drew me to the Cape Dory were lines altogether typical of Alberg, including a graceful sheer that sweeps forward from a counter stern to a teak bowsprit. Teak grabrails and eyebrows accentuate the fine proportions of the long trunk cabin, and easily navigable side decks connect the generous cockpit to the fair-sized foredeck. A full keel and a keel-hung rudder complete the profile.
Details below complement the traditional exterior. Solid teak and teak veneer are abundant, and bronze, in the through-hulls and the eight opening ports, is everywhere it should be.
Above the saloon settees, narrow shelves hold books; beneath each settee lies a 30-gallon water tank. More storage spaces are located behind the seatbacks. The starboard settee serves as a single berth; the other slides out to create a slender "double." A teak table swings down from the bulkhead and unfolds between the settees. The saloon has about 6 feet of headroom, and two opening hatches overhead help keep the air moving through it.

The head is forward of the saloon and contains a hanging wet locker and a small sink, which unfortunately drains into a fiberglass trough, then into the bilge. The marine toilet is installed below the waterline, so all valves must be closed when it's not in use. A folding door separates the head from the V-berth, which covers various compartments. A cushioned plywood insert fills the V to create a double berth, forward of which a panel opens to the anchor locker.
The companionway, its top step on the countertop next to the single stainless-steel sink, bisects the galley, between a spacious icebox to starboard and an alcohol stove to port.
Removing the companionway stairs buys just enough room for a small person to ease over the top of the engine to service the raw-water pump or to top off the transmission oil.
Under sail, my CD 28, Innisfree, was a sound, safe, and comfortable cruising boat. She was stiff, surprisingly quick in light wind, extremely capable in heavy air, and a sheer joy off the wind. Innisfree balanced well, tracked perfectly, and, with all of her momentum, just plowed right through the Chesapeake chop.'

David Liscio. Sailing Magazine. March 2017.

'There’s something pleasant about the Cape Dory 28. It has a robust, seagoing appearance, perhaps due to the bowsprit with anchor roller and the long cabin trunk. Four portals on each side of the cabin are uniform in size and shape, giving the boat a traditional look that’s further enhanced by two deck hatches, a graceful sheer and low freeboard.......
Designer Carl Alberg had to compromise in order to gain interior volume in this relatively slender sloop. As a result, he left the bow overhang intact to promote the impression of elegance, but the stern overhang was dramatically trimmed back. That design decision gave the boat a longer waterline, which increased its speed potential, but detracted from its overall beauty.......
The boat is sloop-rigged, the mainsheet attached at the aft end of the cockpit to keep it from interfering with crew activity. Its 42-foot aluminum mast is deck stepped and secured by heavy-gauge standing rigging. The self-tending, club-footed jib on the foredeck is a welcome addition for short-handed sailors. The sturdy bowsprit supports an anchor roller and extends the forestay outward, providing more room for a genoa. There’s plenty of workspace on the foredeck. The cockpit has a bridgedeck on most models.....
Owners describe the CD28 as kindly and capable in rough seas. Despite its 9,000-pound displacement, the boat moves easily in light winds over 10 knots with the club-footed jib. The full keel with attached rudder helps the boat track downwind and allows it to point nicely to windward.......
The owner of the CD28 Entropy II once remarked, “I kept the original rig—a club-footed working jib for brisk-to-heavy winds and a 140% genoa for light winds. The Cape Dory 28 is a very sweet sailer —9,000 pounds of displacement with a Carl Alberg-designed hull—makes for a comfortable ride in various weather conditions. She may not be the fastest, but she’s a cruiser that points well and is easy to sail.”'

Cape Dory 28, hull number 41, built in 1975
The yacht was registered in Montreal Canada in 1976. There are copies of bills and correspondence for 1976 to 1978 from locations in Canada and New England together with hand written lists of provisions for a long sea journey.
Lazy Beaver arrived in UK waters at Balyholme, Northern Ireland, in August 1979. She sailed from Arclow, in the Republic but the voyage had started in Israel. This information is contained in a HM Customs and Excise Form.
She was based at Irvine in the 1980’s and there is a copy of a survey conducted at Troon Marina in 1980 by E K Wallace and Son of Glasgow. In 1990 she was moved to Argyll where she was kept at Crinan Harbour and stayed in the same ownership for almost 20 years.
I bought her in 2009 and embarked upon a serious modernisation programme. Between 2009 and 2010 Crinan Boatyard restored her to working order.
The key changes were the fabrication of new port, starboard and stern stainless steel chainplates which were fibre glassed into the hull. In addition, new stainless steel backing plates were made for the jib boom swivel-point and the stantion bases. At the same time all the portlights were replaced with new aluminium ones.
In 2011 a new Yanmar 3YM30S diesel engine with high rise exhaust elbow, fresh water cooling, propeller, propeller shaft and cutlass bearing were installed together with a C.Warm 20L calorifier water storage heater with electric pump to galley and heads wash hand basin.

Designed by Carl Alberg and built by Cape Dory Yachts the Cape Dory 28 was produced between 1974 and 1987 with approximately 390 hulls being built during that time.

Single piece, heavy weight, hand consolidated GRP Laminate.
Encapsulated full traditional keel with lead ballast.
Full depth keel hung rudder.
Topsides painted above the waterline with two-pack paint.
Internal GRP moulding forming sole and internal furniture units.
Single piece, heavy weight, hand consolidated sandwich GRP construction.
Deck cored with marine plywood and balsa.
6 fixed and 2 opening alloy framed portlights. (2010)
Deck moulding finished externally with two pack white paint and non-slip painted panels.
Internal GRP moulding forming deck head.

Mast head sloop.
Schaeffer silver anodised alloy mast and spars.
Stainless steel standing rigging with chromed bronze rigging screws.
Halyards replaced 2013.
Boat stored ashore annual for winter with mast, standing & running rigging removed.

Primary - 2x Barlow 20
Secondary 2x Barlow 16

Mainsail - White Dacron with 3 slab reefs. Saturn Sails.
Genoa - White Dacron. Hank-on.
Working Jib - White Dacron. Hank-on. Set on a self taking boom.
Tri-Sail - White heavy weight Dacron.
Storm Jib - White heavy weight Dacron.

Canvas Work
Sprayhood - Blue with forward window. Owen Sails (2010)
Mainsail Cover - Blue stackpack type cover with lazy jacks & mast boot. Owen Sails. Owen Sails (2010)
Cockpit Cover - Blue low slung cover.

Main Anchor - Bruce with chain(30m)/warp(30m) rode.
Windlass - Manual.
Mooring Warps - Selection
Fenders – Selection

Stainless steel bowsprit with hard wood capping
Twin bow rollers.
Hardwood rubbing strake and toerail.
Hardwood grabrails along coachroof.
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails.
Stainless steel stanchions supporting single plastic coated guard wire.
Wide unobstructed side decks running the length of the boat.
Main halyard and topping lift lead aft on starboard side.
Spacious cockpit with hardwood coamings outboard.
Bench seating port and starboard sides of cockpit. Voluminous lockers beneath seating port and starboard.
Tiller and mainsheet at aft end of cockpit.

Depth Sounder - Raymarine ST60
Log - Raymarine ST60
Wind Instrument - Raymarine ST60
VHF - Nexus NX2000

Fresh Water System - Pressurised hot and cold water system with faucets in galley and heads. Single GRP water tank, 227ltr capacity. 20ltr calorifier, fitted new 2011. Drained prior to winter storage annually.
Galley Stove - Origo 1000, single burner, spirit fuelled stove.
Heads - Jabsco ITT marine toilet. New pipes fitted 2010.

At the time of her production the use of internal GRP mouldings to form the cabin soles, furniture modules and deck head linings was very much ahead of its time.This modern build technique combined with the use of plastic wood effect faced plywood to finish bulkheads and furniture created an interior which has stood the test of time. The cushions and soft furnishings are removed from the boat and stored in the owners home for the duration of her winter storage.
Description of below decks accommodation from forward:

Forepeak -Two well sized single berths in traditional V-berth layout, infill section to create large double when required. Good storage provided with shelved lockers and drawers beneath the bunks, shelves overhead running the length of the bunk outboard. Portlight and opening deck hatch let in plenty of natural light.

Heads -Compact compartment to port, aft of forepeak. Manual marine toilet with pull out sink. Small vanity unit above sink outboard. Opposite heads large hanging locker provided.

Saloon -Large saloon for a traditional boat of 28'. Drop leaf saloon table mounted, slightly offset to starboard. Bench type seating port and starboard which both convert to bunks. Port bunk extending out to prove a cosy double. Additional pilot berth outboard to port. Storage lockers provided behind seat backs with shelve above to starboard.

Galley -Spanning port and starboard sides of companionway aft of saloon. Spirit stove to port with storage shelves outboard. Stainless steel sink and coolbox starboard with storage shelves outboard. Lockers are provided below the galley workspace port and starboard.

Manual Bilge Pump - In cockpit, fully serviced 2017.
Electric Bilge Pump - Manually switched.
Haslar Windvane Self Steering Gear.
Tender - Waveline 2.3 round tail inflatable dinghy with galvanised outboard bracket.
Outboard - Honda 2.5hp, 4 stroke.
Outboard Storage.

The engine is located within an engine space beneath companionway steps, access to the compartment is provided by removing the steps. Additional access panels in the cockpit lockers provide access to the stern tube and gland.
Yanmar 3YM-30S 3 cylinder, naturally aspirated marine diesel engine rated at 30hp.
Kanzaki mechanical marine gearbox.
Engine professionally installed and commissioned 2011.
New exhaust system 2011.
Engine professionally serviced and winterised annually.
Conventional shaft type sterngear.
Bronze 3 blade fixed propeller (2011).
Merlin Power Gauge Lite alternator controller and monitor (2010).
Twin 60ltr stainless steel fuel tanks, port and starboard.

Ships Batteries
Engine Bank - 120Ah, 12v lead acid battery. (2018)
Domestic Bank - 120Ah, 12v lead acid battery. (2018)

In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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