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1981 Cape Dory Cutter

$52,000 USD

  • $52,000 USD
  • Tom Thomas
  • Active
  • Used
  • Cutter Sailboats
  • 1981
  • Cape Dory
  • Cutter
  • Cape Charles, Virginia, US
  • Sail
  • 36ft / 10.97 m
  • 10ft 9in / 3.28 m
  • Perkins
  • 4-108
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2016-01-14
  • 2016-07-07
  • 2139104

Here’s a classic Carl Arlberg design that’s ready to take you to your distant destinations.  The current owner is an accomplished blue water sailor and accordingly, has prepared this magnificent Cape Dory for the task.  It comes equipped with everything from Immersion suits to a propane cabin heater.  The Perkins diesel has been rebuilt, there’s a 6-man life raft, full batten North main, genoa, and staysail, dodger new furler and completely re-upholstered, freshly painted mast, and more.  Read through the listing and I think you’ll see the value in this handsome Cape Dory.

Vessel Walkthrough

Sleeps six with one stateroom forward. Owner's cabin forward with V-berth and filler. Storage below and outboard, chest of drawers. Large head compartment to port with vanity & sink, hot & cold pressure water. Marine toilet with Y valve and holding tank, Hand Held shower with sump pump. A teak bench seat is provided. Opposite the head on starboard are two large hanging lockers. 

The main cabin has an L-shaped settee to port that converts to a double, storage outboard. Opposite is a settee/berth with storage outboard. A Drop leaf centerline table opens to make dining for the entire crew. The chart table is aft to stbd. with lift top, mounted electronics, and drawers beneath. A large, open, quarter berth is aft. The U-shaped galley is aft to port with stove and oven, double S.S. sinks with H&C pressure water, large molded ice box. Headroom throughout is 6'3"


  • New upholstery including foam filler 2009
  •  V-berth is 6” memory foam 2009
  • LCD Flat screen TV
  • Dickenson Newport propane furnace
  • Stainless steel flue


  • Double stainless steel deep sink
  • Icebox with additional 2” urethane insulation
  • Princess two burner with oven propane stove 2009
  • 4 fresh water tanks totaling 120 gal
  • Pressure water and hand pump supply-all new fixtures
  • New Raritan water heater 120 volt-2013
  • Hot water also supplied through heat exchanger

Safety Equipment

  • 4 Life vests
  • 2 inflatable safety yokes
  • 2 inflatable safety harnesses
  • Tethers and jacklines
  • 2 Stearns immersion suits
  • 406 EPHIRB beacon
  • Safety flares
  • Avon 6-person inflatable life raft inspected 2010
  • Above mounted in fiberglass container and covered with green Sunbrella
  • Lifesling mounted on stern rail with green Sunbrella cover


  • New Cockpit cushions 2009…1.5” closed cell foam
  • 35 lb. CQR 2009…main anchor
  • 250’ 5/16 GA High Tensile chain 2012
  • 35 lb. Bruce…auxiliary anchor
  • 60’ 5/16 chain and 250’ 5/8 three strand nylon line
  • 25 lb. Danforth… mounted on stern rai
  • 12’ 5/16 chain and 200’ ½” three strand nylon
  • Ideal Windlass rebuilt 2012 incl. wildcat for 5/16 chain
  • Dorade vents
  • 2 deck hatches
  • Lewmar self-tailing primaries
  • Stainless bow and stern rails
  • Double lifelines and stainless steel stanchions
  • Port and starboard boarding gates
  • New Dodger 2012

Helm & Electronics

  • Raytheon ST 6000 depth, wind, and auto pilot
  • Auto pilot located below deck, linear drive, and has a wireless remote
  • Furuno 16-mile radar
  • GPS plotter at helm
  • Older GPS plotter at Nav. station
  • Icom VHF at Nav. station
  • LCD flat screen TV in main cabin


  • 2 new 12V/120V distribution panels 2010
  • 2 House batteries (Port side under cockpit hatch)
  • 2 engine Batteries (Starboard side under cockpit hatch)
  • Battery selector switch
  • 120V dockside connection120V power cord
  • Xantrex 120V battery charger
  • Xantrax 1000-watt inverter

Engine And Mechanical

  • 50 hp Perkins 4-108 FWC diesel
  • Rebuilt by TAD diesels Gloucester, VA. Winter 2008/2009
  • New Balmar alternator
  • New Bowman heat exchanger
  • Racor fuel filter
  • New Hurth transmission Nov 2015
  • New Groco head 2010
  • 40-gallon fiberglass fuel tank with cleanout and inspection plate
  • New TAD instrument panel (companionway)
  • All thru hull fittings are Spartan bronze seacocks.
  • Above water thru hulls have stainless steel ball valves
  • 25-gallon Waste tank with Y valve


  • Profurl Genoa roller furler 2009
  • Mast removed in 2009, stripped, epoxy painted, and re-wired
  • Original Genoa and staysail in fair condition
  • North 125% genoa
  • North full batten main
  • North staysail
  • Headstay replaced with addition of furler 2009
  • Bob stay replaced 2013
  • All new running rigging 2009
  • Sailcovers are green Sunbrella
  • Hot and cold water shower in cockpit

Broker's Comments

Having read the listing, I’m sure you realize that this boat was set up by an accomplished yachtsman.  However, he now has too many boats and is offering this prize that’s ready to go.  Call for more details and to make an appointment…you will not be disappointed with this one

Mechanical Disclaimer

* Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters.  The broker cannot guarantee the true hours.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.


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.




For Sale By United Yacht Sales

110 SW Atlanta Avenue
Stuart, Florida, 34994