"WINDWALKER" is a very special example of the well known Cape Dory 36. Not only is she the last one of the model built at Cape Dory, she is the only one built as the "NAVIGATOR" series. This model included many items of equipment and construction details particularly designed for offshore cruising. She has a Monitor Self Steering Vane, Boom gallows, Pilot berth and lee cloths for other berths, and many other features.
Purchased from the original owner in 2008, the current owner had little time to sail her, and has reluctantly placed her on the market. Robinhood Marine Center has re-finished all of her exterior teak in varnish, and has checked out her systems as she has been stored for several years. Currently, WINDWALKER is stored inside at Robinhood Marine and is easily viewed.
The interior of Windwalker is beautifully finished in satin varnished teak, and includes 11 opening ports, two overhead bomar hatches, all with screens, for great ventilation. An ESPAR heating system, as well as a FORCE 10 bulkhead mounted heater offer warmth to her cozy cabin.
The stateroom is forward, with v-berths port and starboard and shelves above. There is a filler cushion and board, creating a double berth, and there is a seat between the berths with storage under. Ash strips line the hull above the berths as a nice contrast to the varnished teak cabinetry. Aft of the starboard berth is a set of drawers followed aft by a large hanging locker. Storage under the berths consist of 2 bins and 4 drawers. A bi-folding door closes the cabin for privacy.
The head is located to port, aft of the forward cabin. A very spacious area, it includes a vanity against the forward bulkhead with mirror above. The marine toilet is covered by a teak seat, helpful when showering. Aft of this seat is an area usefull as a wet locker. The head area is ventilated by an opening port, and it has a deck prism above the vanity sink.
Opposite the head in the passageway forward is another large hanging locker.
The main cabin has a pilot berth to port, with an "L" shaped settee inboard. This settee has an insert for it to convert to a wide single berth. To starboard is a settee that also converts to a single berth. The dining table is mounted on the centerline and has drop down leafs. There is a book shelf over the starboard settee and drawers under the port pilot berth.
Aft of the main cabin to starboard is the very functional chart table. It includes storage under for charts and navigation insturments, and shelfs outboard for books and additional equipment. A quarter berth follows which is wide and easy to enter. The hull side above the berth is sheathed with varnished ash, and the single sideband radio is mounted above.
The galley is to port of the companionway. It is "U" shaped, and is excellent for offshore meal preparation. The double sinks are in the forward countertop, the 3 burner FORCE 10 Propane stove, with oven, is outboard. The Ice box is in the aft countertop and has a SEAFROST refrigeration system which is engine or shore power driven. The lockers around the galley have full height sliding doors for offshore sailing. Ample additional lockers complete the galley, along with a wastebasket sliding out from under the chart table.
The cabin sole is varnished teak. All floor traps, berth covers and counter top covers have possitive latches meeting off shore sailing requirements.
Stars & Stripes blue Awlgripped hull with varnished exterior teak.
Windwalker is a very special Cape Dory 36. Not only was she built with many special features for distance sailing, she had been owned by a very experienced yachting family since she was new. until 2008. They sailed the vessel on the Maine Coast each summer and stored her inside at Robinhood Marine each off season. The current owner purchased Quartette in 2008 and re named her Windwalker. Unfortunately, he was not able to sail her but one season, and has stored her until now.
Constanly upgraded, Windwalker had her engine replaced in 2005 with a Yanmar 40 hp diesel using Robinhood's fiberglass engine mounting and pan system. Electronics were replaced in 2005, continuing to use a swing out arm at the companionway custom made for Quartette. Her sails have been continually replaced as needed and include a 2007 mainsail, and recent jibs. All sails have roller furling systems, including the main.
It is hard to find a vessel that has been as well cared for and loved by her owners as Windwalker.