Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Cape Dory Typhoon - America's Littlest Yacht
As designer Carl Alberg aptly named her, the Cape Dory Typhoon is truly America's Littlest Yacht. Stretching 18'6" and sporting a full keel with 900 lbs. of ballast, the Typhoon handles like a boat multiple times her size. One of the most notable features is the shape of the cockpit. With high coamings and a deep cockpit, you "sit in" rather than "on" her, creating a sense of comfort and stability. Her unusually long cockpit provides more room than most 30 footers. "In my designs I go for a boat that you can sail upright without scaring the life out of your family or friends," Alberg wrote. He clearly achieved his goal.
Three models of Typhoons were built: the Weekender, the Daysailer with cuddy cabin, and the open Daysailer. Over 2,000 Typhoons were built between 1966-1986. Later in production the 22'6" Typhoon Senior was built. Over 90% of the boats built were the Weekender model. To learn more, check out the Cape Dory Sailboat Owners Association at www.capedory.org.
Posted by Stephanie and Lance at 10:02 PM