Cape Dory 25

1973 — 1982
Designer
George H. Stadel Jr.
Builder
Cape Dory Yachts
Association
Cape Dory Sailboat Owners Association
# Built
845
Hull Type
Long Keel
Construction
FG

Dimensions

Length Overall
24 10 / 7.6 m
Waterline Length
18 0 / 5.5 m
Beam
7 3 / 2.2 m
Draft
2 11 / 0.9 m
Displacement
4,000 lbs / 1,814 kg
Ballast
1,700 lbs / 771 kg
drawing

Rig and Sails

Type
Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
262 ft2 / 24.3 m2
Total Sail Area
262.1 ft2 / 24.4 m2
Mainsail
Sail Area
138 ft2 / 12.8 m2
P
24 0 / 7.3 m
E
11 6 / 3.5 m
Mast Height
31 5 / 9.6 m
Foresail
Sail Area
124.1 ft2 / 11.5 m2
I
27 7 / 8.4 m
J
8 11 / 2.7 m
Forestay Length
29 0 / 8.8 m

Auxilary Power

Make
?
Model
?
HP
?
Fuel Type
?
Fuel Capacity
?

Accomodations

Water Capacity
?
Holding Tank Capacity
?
Headroom
4 11 / 1.5 m

Calculations

Hull Speed
5.69 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16.64
good performance
Ballast/Displacement
42.5
stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
306.19
heavy
Comfort Ratio
21.89
coastal cruiser
Capsize Screening
1.83
better suited for ocean passages

Notes

From BlueWaterBoats.org

After years of building small sturdy daysailers from as early as 1964, the Cape Dory 25 was Cape Dory’s first foray into fully fledged cruisers. The story goes that founder Andy Vavolotis got a hold of the molds for the Greenwich 24 from Allied Boat Company in 1972 and raised her freeboard to improve headroom, thereby adding seven inches to her length.

Other alterations included a fully enclosed head, a hanging locker, and an enlarged galley. She’s a sloop rigged full keeler with a narrow low-freeboard hull that invites a wet ride. The design is quite dated but traditionalist will love the classic lines and underwater profile, and of course true to Cape Dory tradition, the construction is bulletproof.

Though the Cape Dory 25 was designed for coastal cruising some have taken their boats offshore. Author Ed Campbell writes of cruising the Gulf Coast of the United States, including a passage to the Bahamas. In one incident his Cape Dory 25 survived a collision with an underwater cable strung between two offshore oil rigs. For offshore work, no doubt good prep is in order, the guys at Atom Voyages suggest reducing the cockpit footwell volume and modifying the companionway dropboards so they don’t fall out when raised slightly.

Headroom is only five feet down below, this didn’t get fixed until the 25D successor came along which bumped it up to five feet eleven inches. Power comes by way of an outboard situated in a well in the lazerette. There have been small changes through the years including a switch from fixed port lights to bronze opening ports around 1979.

Production ended in 1982, when the model was replaced by the beamier, heavier, and deeper Cape Dory 25D. Of all the offshore capable Cape Dorys, non have sold better than the original Cape Dory 25 with a total production run of 846 boats.

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