SERENE is a fine example of the Cape Dory 36 with a history of regular maintenance and thoughtful equipment upgrades over the years. SERENE is offered at a price that is quite competitive with other Cape Dory 36’s and other similar boats while at the same time being in equal (or better) or better condition and better equipped offering some features not included in the competition. Real potential buyer(s) for this style boat should give this listing for SERENE careful consideration and contact us to arrange a personal inspection.
The design comes from Carl Alberg, a legendary name in cruising yacht design. Alberg’s design influences came predominantly from the Scandinavian folk boat which emphasized sea-kindly and well-mannered sailing characteristics. The Cape Dory 36 follows this tradition with a narrow beam, low freeboard, large overhangs, and a full keel with a cutaway on the forefoot.
The boat is built strong and a quick check of the rig reveals a cutter configuration which emphasizes offshore work, yet for the coastal cruising type, these boats are nimble and easy to sail. They have a usefully shallow five foot draft which makes for great bay hopping. The interior is comfortable for a smaller crew on extended voyages while six berths allow larger and more social gatherings of shorter duration.
Cape Dory Yachts was founded back in 1963 by sailor and engineer Andrew Vavolotis. Through the years the company has forged a great reputation for building sturdy vessels that are safe at sea, simple in layout and easy to handle. The Cape Dory 36 stands out as being one of the most popular models offered by the company. Perhaps this has been due to their versatility as both great offshore boats as well as being well suited for weekend and coastal cruising.
Designer: Carl Alberg
Builder: Cape Dory Yachts
Year Built: 1985
LOA: 36’ 2”
LWL: 27’ 0”
Beam: 10’ 8”
Draft: 5’ 0”
Displacement: 16,100 lbs.
Ballast: 6,050 lbs.
Sail Area: 622 square feet
Auxiliary Propulsion: Perkins 4-108 diesel engine, 50 HP (max) Engine
Hours: 2,750 total hours / 1,020 hours since engine overhaul
Freshwater Capacity: 90 Gallons
Fuel Capacity: 53 Gallons
Black Water Capacity: 35 Gallons
Bridge Clearance: 46’ 6”
Cape Dory Yachts did an excellent job of building boats and the proof is how well they've held up over the years.
The hull is hand-laid in a rotating, one-piece mold with alternating layers of fiberglass mat and woven roving.
The deck is balsa cored except in areas of high loads and stresses where it is solid glass, plywood or aluminum.
The hull-and-deck joint is on a wide, 3-inch inward flange, through-bolted on 12-inch centers and chemically mastic bonded along the entire length. Separate tools, or molds, were used to lay up the headliner and the pans in the V-berth and galley.
A fiberglass subfloor adds additional athwart ships support. The lead ballast is cast in two pieces and placed inside the keel cavity. The ballast is secured in place with several layers of fiberglass and covered with gelcoat for a smooth, clean bilge finish.
The rudder combines two fiberglass half shells filled with a polyester compound and is built around a beefy 1 ½-inch stock.
White Awlgrip topsides in very good condition
The White topsides are accented by a Gold painted cove stripe, double Black boot stripes and red bottom paint just visible above the waterline.
Smooth portions of the deck, cabin sides and cockpit are of White gelcoat in very good condition with contrasting Tan non-skid areas on decks and cabin top.
Exterior wood work is all of teak construction and includes bow/anchor platform, toe rails, taff rail, topside rub rails with Bronze ½ oval guards, cabin top dorade boxes, cabin top hand rails, companionway hatch trim and companionway hatch drop boards.
All exterior teak woodwork is finished using Cetol
Teak bow platform with integral double bow anchor rollers
Stainless steel bow rail with integral port and starboard running lights
Bronze stanchion bases with polished stainless steel stanchion posts
Opening gate stanchions port and starboard
Double (upper / lower) coated stainless steel wire life lines with opening gates
Stainless steel stern rails port and starboard aft quarters
Stainless steel, folding swim / boarding ladder on center line aft at transom
Bronze docking cleats and chocks port and starboard at bow
Bronze chocks with integral cleats port and starboard at max-beam / mid-rail
Bronze docking cleats and chocks port and starboard aft
Bronze deck fills for Water, Waste and Fuel
Bronze chain pipes for access to chain lockers port and starboard at bow
Opening hatches (with screens) for forward and main cabins
Bronze Spartan Marine opening ports (with screens) in cabin sides
Teak dorade boxes with chrome bronze dorade cowls on cabin top
Teak handrails on cabin top
SERENE’s interior plan is straightforward and functional, but with the satin varnish finished joinery, Ultra-Suede cushion coverings and her current owner(s) attention to detail one could easily add the word “elegant” to describe SERENE’s below decks accommodations. Dropping below through the slightly off-center main hatch you find yourself in the galley, with two large sinks, a gimbaled three-burner cooker and fridge aft.
The navigation station and quarter berth are opposite the galley to starboard of the companionway. The saloon includes an L-shaped settee to port with a straight settee opposite. Dining for six persons at the bulkhead mounted drop leaf table with hidden storage space for dinner ware when the table is folded up and out of the way.
Continuing forward the head is to port with a hanging locker opposite to starboard of the passageway leading to the forward cabin.
The forward cabin is spacious with sleeping accommodations for two (2) in a V-berth configuration and plenty of storage space in well-crafted drawers below the bunks. This is definitely the cabin for sleeping when at anchor, with a large overhead hatch and opening port lights to move the air around.
Ventilation is excellent throughout the boat with plenty of opening bronze port lights and dorade style ventilators.
With V-berth, Quarter berth and main saloon settees SERENE offers comfortable sleeping accommodations for up to six (6) adults and if there are extra kids along for the cruise let them bunk out under the stars in the safe and secure cockpit. They'll love it.
Propane fired cooking and heating systems
Sealed (vented overboard) propane locker with (2ea) 10 lb. propane storage tanks
Trident propane sensor / alarm (2ea)
Dickerson propane fired BBQ (mounted on stern rail)
Force 10, Gourmet Galley, 3-burner, gimbaled stove and oven
Seafrost Engine Drive Refrigeration with divided icebox/ freezer
Assorted boating dishware, glasses, utensils and cooking pots and pans
Keel-stepped, single-spreader, masthead-rigged, Cutter configuration
Anodized aluminum mast, boom and jib boom
Stainless steel stranded wire standing rigging with bronze turnbuckle adjusters
Schaefer roller-furling head stay (used with Yankee)
Bullseye fairleads on port deck lead Yankee furling line aft to cockpit
Harken roller-furling staysail stay (used with staysail)
Stanchion mounted sheaves lead staysail furling line and out-haul aft to cockpit
Harken adjustable main sheet traveler system
Sail tracks with Ronstan adjustable cars port and starboard for Yankee sheeting Schaefer turning blocks port and starboard aft for Yankee (or future spinnaker) sheeting.
Self-tacking staysail jib boom
Staysail traveler with stainless steel sheet car and adjustable pin stops
Stainless steel Lewmar #7 single-speed main halyard winch (on mast)
Stainless steel Lewmar #8 single-speed jib halyard winch (on mast)
Stainless steel Lewmar #6 single-speed staysail halyard winch (on mast) Bronze Lewmar #7 single-speed staysail sheet winch (port cabin top)
Bronze Lewmar #16 two-speed main sheet winch (port cabin top)
Bronze Lewmar #43 two-speed, self-tailing, Yankee sheet winches (port and starboard cockpit)
Bronze Yankee sheet cleats (port and starboard cockpit)
Mainsail lazy jacks
Pope full-battened, double-reef Mainsail
Pope roller-furling Yankee
Pope roller-furling Staysail
Cockpit / companionway dodger
Cockpit awning / sun shield
Cockpit table and steering pedestal cover
Perkins 4-108, naturally aspirated, 40 HP (max), fresh water cooled, diesel engine
Engine Hours: 2,750 total hours / 1,020 hours since engine overhaul
Perkins engine ignition and control panel with tachometer, voltage meter, oil pressure gauge and engine temperature gauge
Separate throttle and transmission controls at helm pedestal
Hurst Gear Box 2:1 reduction with reverse
Bronze 1 inch dia. propeller shaft:
Bronze 3 blade left-handed 15”x 15”
Cruising Speed: 6 knots: 1750 RPM
Max Speed: 7.5 knots 3000 RPM
53 Gallon fuel capacity
Fuel Tank: Aluminum by Florida Marine Tanks
Dual Fuel Filters with Racor 500 FG with water separator
12 Volt DC ship’s systems (house and starting) and 110 Volt AC shore power system
AGM 100 amp hour batteries (3ea. / 2018)
Balmar high output alternator and smart regulator
Xantex shore power smart battery charger
Heart Link-2000R Electric Management system
30 Amp shore power cord
Pressure (hot and cold) fresh water system
90 Gallon fresh water capacity with storage in three tanks
Stainless steel hot water tank: electric and / and engine heat exchanger
Pressure hot and cold water supplied to double basin stainless steel galley sink faucet Pressure hot and cold water supplied to head area stainless steel sink basin faucet and hand-held shower fixture
Manual hand pump at galley sink
Wilcox and Crittenden Skipper II marine toilet with high-capacity bronze pump, porcelain bowl and wood seat / cover
35 Gallon capacity black water (waste holding) tank
Head and waste holding tank plumbed and valved for tank fill or overboard discharge with waste shore side pump outs plus Whale Titan manual waste pump for offshore
Ritchie Globe Master helm compass
Garmin GPSmap 546s GPS chart plotter with depth sounder and water temperature sounder
Standard Horizon Explorer GPS VHF radio with cockpit full function remote station Raymarine EV-1 auto pilot with quadrant mounted hydraulic drive arm
Datamarine knot meter, knot log
Davis radar reflector
Weems and Plath ship’s clock
Weems and Plath barometer
Rieker Instruments inclinometer
Edson cable and quadrant steering
Edson steering pedestal with integral controls for throttle, transmission and wheel brake Stainless steel binnacle guard
Edson stainless steel destroyer type steering wheel with elk hide wheel covering
Large bronze inspection port in cockpit sole for access to quadrant and rudder post Emergency Tiller and access port
Keel hung FRP rudder with bronze rudder post, pintails and gudgeons
Double bronze bow anchor roller(s)
Double bronze hawse / chain pipes at bow
Plow-type 35 lb. anchor with chain and rode (250’)
Fortress FX16 anchor with chain and rode (200’)
Electric / Automatic bilge pump with high water alarm
Whale Gusher manually operated pumps (2ea) in cockpit
Type V PFD’s (4ea) in storage bag
Masthead (LED) tri-color and anchor light
Deck level navigation lights
Trident propane sensor / alarm (2ea)
Horseshoe life ring with stainless steel bracket at port stern rail
Fenders (3ea) large with fender covers
Mast ladder (webbing loop type)
Custom (Glebe Creek) teak framed screens for overhead hatches and companionway Cockpit cushions
Edson boarding step
Telescoping aluminum boathook
King Starboard drink holders
Teak drink holder and cockpit table
Teak outboard motor bracket on port stern rail
Forespar outboard motor lifting crane at port aft quarter
Bronze ensign flag socket at aft rail with teak pole and U.S. ensign
Extensive library of manuals for ship and ship’s equipment