Inspired by the design work of William Atkin, New Zealand boatbuilder Cecil Lange started building the Cape George 36 almost four decades ago in Port Townsend, WA. Other smaller and larger models came from this yard over the years, always with a commitment to the tradition of fine boatbuilding. Ferenc Mate included this builder in his popular review of The World’s Best Sailboats, and over the years, the yard-finished Cape Georges (they also provided hulls for owners to finish) measured up with the finest of the “hand-crafted” boats coming from Sam Morse (Bristol Channel & Falmouth Cutters) in California, and the famed Morris Yachts in Maine.
The fact that MANUHUKA was fully and professionally built by Cape George Yachts cannot be emphasized enough. The knowledge, experience and boat-crafting skills utilized for the limited number of yard-built boats far exceeded that of virtually all of the owner-finished boats. Additionally, MANUHUKA has undergone major refits in 2007 by the original owner and 2014 by the current owner, to make sure that she remains in top functional and cosmetic condition. Please see full details on the extent of these refits as described within the body of this presentation.
Over more than 30 years brokering high quality cruising sailboats in the Pacific Northwest, this broker has had the privilege to be involved with the listing and selling of several of the very nicest of the Cape George 36 cutters, and has seen others from this select group. For overall construction, thoughtful interior layout, superb finishing inside and out, and impeccable condition, I can say without reservation that MANUHUKA is certainly one of the very finest of this class ever to come along. Please review the detailed specifications and photos provided, and inquire with questions you may have or to arrange a viewing time. More information about this design and builder (now called Cape George Marine Works) can be found on their website (capegeorgecutters).
For more information please contact Mark Gilbert at:
206.223.3624 (office), 206.300.1325 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
MANUHUKA is the perfect boat for two people to cruise in comfort, perhaps with a child or occasional guests/crew. She is small enough to be handled by a cruising couple and still provide ample comfort and space to really enjoy it. There is a double V-berth forward (6’+), full-length (6’+) deep settees in the salon for comfortable seating or sleeping, w/ ample storage behind and below. There is an enclosed head/shower with composting toilet (eliminates thru-hulls, and the #1 maintenance item on a sailboat, plus no smell!). There is enough battery capacity to support refrigeration, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, lighting, etc. A full galley includes refrigeration, Force Ten stove, and microwave for food prep aboard. There is a standing chart table and a real wet locker! Aftmost is a huge quarter berth.
Engine & Mechanical
6.2+/- cruise at 2200 rpm, max speed approx. 6.9kts+/- at 3000rpm
0.82 gal/hr at 2200 rpm
Sails & Rigging
High foot cut jib, bronze hanks (hardly used)
Stay sail, bronze hanks, one reef point (hardly used)
Main with two reef points (usable but will need replacement soon (1-3 yrs depending on use)
Canvas (all Sunbrella in navy except as noted)
Miscellaneous Gear & Equipment
Four mandatory CCG approved emergency life jackets
Two CCG approved PFD’s
Two fire extinguishers
Life ring with floating line
Life sling with floating line
Hand held 12V spot light
2014 Refit (very extensive)
Invoices totaling over $61,700 can be made available to a buyer under contract while performing due diligence. Details below:
i50 Tri Data with bronze transducers
i60 Wind System
EV-100 P70 Tiller pilot
2007 Refit (very extensive)
Notes from the Owner
1987 Cape George 36 Manuhuka isUS Coast Guard Documented and currently moored in Vancouver, BC.
Launch date of 1987 (her hull was molded and building begun in 1983) and she is yard-finished. This is an important distinction; of the approximately 110 Cape George 36’s molded, only about 30 were finished by the craftsmen at Cape George Marine Works (prev: Cecil Lange and Sons).
I bought Manuhuka (Maori for Snow Bird) in 2013 from the first owner, who had had her commissioned and built to his specifications. I fell in love with this beautiful Cape George 36, highly regarded as one of the best cruising sailboats, and could see the skill of the builder in her design, layout, and construction, and the love of her owner in her impeccable maintenance.
While I have immensely enjoyed owning and sailing this fine boat, due to life circumstances I do not foresee being able to continue to use her as I had hoped and as she is intended, for extended coastal and blue water cruising. As such, I would like to see her in the hands of a new custodian who has better opportunities to enjoy her.
In today’s era of not so attractive plastic boats, the ones that look more like a floating Clorox bottle than actually a sailing yacht, it is ever so refreshing still to see a real, finely crafted yacht float on by, and even more so to own and sail a vessel so well designed and built. I get compliments at every marina and anchorage where I stop. Boats of this beauty are not meant for everyone, in fact, there are not enough of these boats to go around. As one of the best cruising sailboats and one of the best blue water cruising sailboats, the 30 or so yard-finished Cape George 36’s are very few and far between.
If you are looking for a Cape George 36 for sale, then you understand this very special offering is for someone who appreciates an exceptionally finely crafted, semi custom yacht made to take you comfortably and safely on extended coastal or blue water cruises anywhere in the world. If that is what you seek, Manuhuka is the probably the finest Cape George 36 afloat.
Yard-finished by the craftsmen at Cape George Marine Works, incredibly well cared for, properly equipped and also importantly, she has had thoughtful and thorough major refits in 2007 and 2014.