Cape Dory 30 Engine Repower / Replacement

Boat Type: Monohull Sailboats

Repower Specifications

LOA: 30.21

LWL: 22.83

Displacement: 10,000 lbs

Builder: Cape Dory Yachts (USA)


Offered in both a Cutter and Ketch configuration. This classic Carl Alberg design has always been a popular repower project. Designed and built to be a small cruiser, this full keeled boat meets the requirements like none other. No currently built vessel matches what the Cape Dory 30 was designed and built to do. For this reason, the Cape Dory 30’s have stayed in service and demand since production stopped in 1986.


Most common with a Volvo MD7A and a close coupled Walter V-drive

Repower Recommendations

The Volvo transmission and v-drive will not fit a modern engine.

For this reason, the Beta 16 with a ZF 15 MIV, V-drive transmission has been used to repower many a Cape Dory 30’s over the years. The Beta 20 engine can also be used but will only fit the cutter version. The Beta 20 engine is too long and would sit tight against the mizzen mast of the ketch rig.

Installation Considerations
Things to Know

The angle of installation will be different between the old Volvo V-drive and any new engine installation. Tapered engine bed spacers have been developed that make the Beta engine installation work with the existing engine beds. These spacers provide the correct installation angle and increase the bed length.

Call Beta Marine to discuss the details of this unique installation accessory.

Tel: (252) 249-2473
Toll Free: (877) 227-2473

Other Resources

The Cape Dory 30 is one of the more common boats we repower with Beta Marine diesel engines. We have extensive engine replacement experience with this model and have a history of happy customers. We have pictures, drawings and measurements for reference as well. Contact us to discuss your boat in more detail, or add to our forum discussion on this specific boat model through the link below.

Request a quote for this Engine or Call 252-249-2473

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Beta Marine USA - Cape Dory 30 Repower - Engine Replacement
Beta Marine USA - Cape Dory 30 Repower - Engine Replacement