|After bringing the Cape Dory to her new home at the Lake Murray Yacht Club in South Carolina 2013|
( from http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1974.html)
I was still in college in 1974. I'd missed the draft by quite a distance as by that time, it had become rather ironically, a lottery about going to war!? That was an awful play on words. By this time I'd been sailing for about 7 years but was fascinated with Hobie Cats rather than Cape Dories. Cats were wet and fast and still are. I prefer the water to stay out of the cockpit these days. In the Cape Dory brochure for 1977, the price of an open cockpit typhoon is about $6500 dollars--pricey considering a new car ran about $3,000. Today, a Weekender model will run anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 depending upon condition. Talk about value! Of course the dollars aren't the same are they. And even so, the price point is very attractive today.
Just for perspective! And it is amazing to celebrate the 41st birthday of a remarkably well-built sailboat. That is this year. I think it's time she got new bottom paint for her birthday! So am plotting to fit this work into my spring schedule which now is looking extremely tight. Am planning to put on a vinyl bottom paint. Baggy Wrinkles sits on a trailer when not dancing on the water. So a slick hull will do her good.