Refit and Modifications to a Cape Dory 36

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Refit and Modifications to a Cape Dory 36

Post by mmeredith »

I'm working with accomplished sailor and boat-builder, James Baldwin, on refitting and modifying a 1980 Cape Dory 36 for offshore voyaging. Simplicity and seaworthiness is the overriding theme, and we've made good progress in the one-year project.

So far, we've removed the diesel engine and fuel tank; built a new outboard engine well in the transom that can accommodate either an electric or gas outboard; converted the wheel steering to tiller steering; built a watertight compartment for the rudder shaft with easy access hatches for inspection or repairs; plugged ten unnecessary through-hulls and removed the seacocks; sealed an additional seven unneeded holes above the water line; removed the propeller and sealed the aperture between hull and rudder; rebuilt the port and starboard cockpit lockers to make them watertight; replaced the cockpit sole and reversed the angle of slope so that drainage is to the aft rather than forward; removed the standard marine head, electric macerator, waste tank and associated y-valve and hoses; removed electric water pumps for the galley sink and head sink; removed the water heater installed between the diesel engine and rudder shaft; redesigned and rebuilt the chain locker; replaced the original small anchor with a 45 lb. Rocna and the rope rode with 150 feet of 3/8" chain plus 100 feet of new rope; added a secondary anchor and third anchor; added a manual windless; removed unnecessary fittings on the foredeck and transom and repositioned the bow cleats; built watertight lockers in the v-berth; cut multiple new hatches in the cabin and v-berth sole to provide easy access from bow to aft; replaced the sole in the v-berth; removed most of the electrical wiring; installed a dodger; and begun replacing the running rigging.

Work still remaining includes replacement of the standing rigging; replacement of the sails; design and construction of a new battery compartment to accommodate the house battery and two 48v lithium ion batteries for the electric outboard; redo of all the electrical wiring; installation of a Monitor wind vane and a Raymarine autopilot; installation of solar panels and supporting arch over the cockpit; installation of a marine compost head; and installation of manual pumps for galley and head sinks.

This is the first boat I've owned, and I was not particularly handy before starting this project. So, it's been a steep learning curve, to put it mildly. However, with James' guidance, it's been a great experience, and I can't wait to have the boat back in the water and under sail. Below are a few shots of our progress so far.
CD36 Pretty Pic (1).jpeg
CD36 Diesel Removal (1).jpeg
CD36 Diesel Compartment (1).jpeg
CD36 Cockpit Sole & Engine Well (3).jpeg
CD36 Prop Aperture (3).jpeg
CD36 Thru-hulls (2).jpeg
CD36 V-berth Sole (3).jpeg
CD36 Chain Locker (2).jpeg
CD36 V-berth Lockers & Chain Locker (1).jpeg
CD36 Windlass & Foredeck (1).jpeg
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Re: Refit and Modifications to a Cape Dory 36

Post by pmnfernando »

she is a beauty!!
nice work
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Re: Refit and Modifications to a Cape Dory 36

Post by lsheaf »

Looking good!
How big is the electric motor you’re installing?
I’m sure a boat that size requires some serious thrust to get her going.

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Re: Refit and Modifications to a Cape Dory 36

Post by svbreeze »

Nice modifications. Can you post some more pics of the wheel to tiller conversion. How does the tiller tie into the rudder post? Very interested in following along as you continue the mods.

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