Cape Codder Boats is a familiar name among older inshore anglers around Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay and Narragansett Bay. Indeed, many of these rugged 19′ and 24′ skiffs are still providing fishermen with sturdy, seaworthy platforms from which to fish, clam and just plain enjoy the water.
The Cape Codder 19 was designed in the late 1960s by Alex Urquhart of Marion, MA, who introduced a larger 24’ version in the mid-‘70s. In the ‘90s, Urquhart sold the company and the molds another builder on Cape Cod. The brand lingered on for a few more years, but eventually disappeared altogether—until 2013, when the molds were bought by Bob Dobias and his son, Bob Dobias, Jr. Now the Dobiases are building Cape Codders on the North Shore of Massachusetts, and doing their best to attract a new generation of boaters.
Both the 19 and 24 are stable, solid, low-maintenance, no-frills boats that feature a sharp entry, reverse chines and an 18-degree transom deadrise. They also sport a low freeboard that helps when landing and releasing fish. Construction is hand-laid fiberglass over wood or composite structural parts (according to the buyer’s specs). Each Cape Codder is build to order and sold direct, and the company offers both pilothouse and center console configurations.
The Cape Codder 19 weighs in at approximately 1900 pounds and is rated for outboard power up to 150 hp, which provides at a top speed of around 46 mph. The base model 19 will run $9,750 (hull only).
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