Category Archives: Boats

SISU, Cape Dory 28


Guy Leslie is no stranger to Cape Dorys. He learned to sail in a Typhoon on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., and then moved on to a CD25 that he sailed on the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. The CD25 made a short trip over land when Guy moved to Traverse City and West Bay, where she spent 23 years in Guy’s care. As much as Guy liked his CD25, he said that he has “realized a dream in purchasing the 28”. SISU, Finnish for “dogged determination”, has already made an extended trip to Beaver Island during her first season. Guy hopes to continue cruising Lake Michigan and beyond.

Second Wind, CD Typhoon


A brief message from Jim Trandel, owner of Second Wind.

“This is a picture of my 1983 CD Typhoon Weekender moored at Monroe Harbor in Chicago. I’m retired and spending most of my free time on the “Second Wind” my first sailboat. The Second Wind is from Vermont – Lake Champlain. She was not sailed much according to the three previous owners and was kept in pristine condition. Even her cushions are in excellent condition and the original sails are still crisp and stain-free. It was a great find and worthy of the 34 hour trek to get her to Chicago. I have replaced the running rigging and plan to replace the standing rigging and seacocks when she is on the hard this Winter.”

Bridget, CD26

Bridget is a 1986 Cape Dory 26, Hull #50. Her home port is on a star dock in Montrose Harbor, Chicago and she enjoys sailing along the beautiful Chicago skyline.

She was purchased new by my father from a dealer in Waukegan, IL. When my Dad departed for the big yacht in the sky, he took his love of sailing and lessons learned over the years with him. Having had such fond memories of being on the Lake with him, I decided to keep the boat. One thing I always wished was on board was boat log. It would have been nice to read through his adventures, thoughts, and to know a bit about what his last sail was like.

Being a fair weather sailor, having a boat like a Cape Dory, is both a joy to sail and her classic lines are beautiful. Bridget’s been a fresh water boat all her life and her captain is always learning something new. In the winter, she makes her home on the south branch of the Chicago River and each Spring we make the river run, mast down through the Chicago locks at Navy Pier to her home port. I’ve replaced the outboard (ours is in a well) and a couple of batteries. Other than that, everything is in original condition. I’m looking forward to making improvements in the future and I can see this web site will be a great resource.

We welcome hearing from other CD owners. Should your travels bring you to the Chicago area, we would enjoy meeting you.

Fair Winds,
Debbie & Tim

Raconteur, CD30

Kevin LeMans and his beautiful blonde first mate sail Raconteur, a CD30, out of Port Washington, Wisconsin.

Some information from Kevin:
We are new to the Great Lakes.

I purchased Raconteur in San Francisco in 1999. I guess that means more than ten years ago. How time flies. The boat was very, very clean when I got her but had been stripped of cruising gear (she had been from Boston to the Caribbean with a previous owner). Ground tackle, new furling gear, new headsails, navigation, new running rigging, lots of re-bedding, re-building, re-finishing, etc., etc., etc.

My passion is ocean sailing and we covered the coast of California from Bodega Head (60 miles North of the Golden Gate) to the Channel Islands (off Santa Barbara). I don’t need to discuss what it’s like to sail her ‘cause you have a Cape Dory too.

When I moved to Madison in 2007 I had her trucked to Marinette WI. Had her at NestEgg the first season, Menominee marina the second season. Green Bay is beautiful and has lots of great destinations, but is just too far away from Madison (where I live) for someone who (of necessity) maintains his own boat.

She will be in Port Washington this season, and I’m looking forward to being able to spend a lot more time with her.

I’m hoping to doing some real cruising in the Great Lakes – I’m particularly interested in the North Passage of Huron. The challenge for me, being new here, is finding crew. You know, not racers, but people who want to go cruising.

There are a couple of pix attached, a shot of the boat in the slip in Alameda. Sorry, nothing under sail. Also, there’s a shot of my beautiful blonde first mate. Eat your heart out……!

Great to be in touch with Cape Dory owners. Maybe we can rendezvous somewhere, some time.

Anam Cara, CD28

Todd Townsend, author, philosopher, and sailor, is restoring his Cape Dory 28 near Saugatuck, Michigan. His reflections on boat ownership were published in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Good Old Boat Magazine. You may link to his article here.

About Todd and his boat:

When my 1975 Cape Dory 28 is ready, we are heading south to bum around. This spring she will be rechristened Anam Cara, Gaelic for Soul Friend. I have been working on her on weekends since April 2007. Either late this Summer, or next Spring, a major refit will be finished. The refit has/will include re-wiring, re-plumbing, new standing and running rigging, re-wire/prime/paint mast, some minor fiberglass repair on hull, replacement of cockpit floor, and some medium cabinet work in main cabin. I’m going to see if I can get one more season out of the old sails that she came with. I may end up with new(er) sails by the time she is in the water.

Ariel, CD36

Ariel is a 1979 Cape Dory 36, hull #7, owned and maintained by a father-son team. We bought the boat in 2002 and transported her to St. Joseph from her original home on Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York. Ariel has been in freshwater since her construction (as far as we know) and is well preserved. We have upgraded many of her systems and do our best to keep her in top shape. She is not only attractive, but she’s a joy to sail. She has been to Door County, Wisconsin, Beaver Island, Charlevoix, and most ports along Lake Michigan’s eastern shore. Summer 2010 should find her in the North Channel.

You can visit our website HERE where you will find more information about the boat, the crew, and projects.