1977 Cape Dory Cape Dory 25

Reedville, Virginia, United States
$7,000 USD
Condition: good

1977 Cape Dory 25 Hull CPDE0546M77H Call 804 746 8406
This boat is a very nice ready to sail away Cape Dory 25. I have owned her since 2008. This is not a project boat; she is in sail away condition. Legendary Cape Dory quality, this boat has a full lead keel encapsulated in the fiberglass hull and tiller steering. Great for the Chesapeake Bay as the draft is only 3 feet. Wonderful day sailer or family cruiser. Original anchor and chain, swim ladder. The outboard is a like new 2007 Mercury 6 HP that has been faithfully maintained for reliability and little used, with two gas tanks. Also included is an identical 2002 outboard for parts. The foresail is a Schaefer furler installed in 2006. The main is in good condition and around 15 years old. The winches are Harken self-tailing and are a joy to use. She sails herself with a Raymarine auto tiller which makes single handing easy. Also installed is a Raymarine depth gauge. The compass is a high quality Aquameter Prestige Class. The cabin is trimmed in the original teak which is in good condition. Original, but recovered, quarter berth cushions are included, the v berth has no cushion. In the galley the original Origino alcohol stove is in good working order, and under the companionway steps is a huge ice box. The head has been removed. Included, but not installed, is the original teak cabin table and folding door. The VHF marine radio is a Standard. New bilge pump in 2010. The Bimini is between 15 and 20 years old and needs repair (sew in a new clear panel and a couple of patches and it should be good for about 5 more years). We removed the Bimini every fall and some summers sailed without it. The stainless-steel frame is still perfect. The outside teak trim could be brightened up, the previous owner redid all the outside trim in Cetol in 2007. The teak rub rail is damaged in a couple of spots. The boat has been pulled, scraped and bottom painted four times since I have owned it, it is now due again. All the lights work. The electrical system consists of a location for two batt

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About the Cape Dory 25

George H. Stadel Jr.
Cape Dory Yachts
Cape Dory Sailboat Owners Association
# Built
Hull Type
Long Keel


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

Rig and Sails

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

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity
4 11 / 1.5 m


Hull Speed
5.69 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
good performance
stiffer, more powerful
Comfort Ratio
coastal cruiser
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


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.

» Cape Dory Owners Association, Cape Dory 25 brochures, owner discussions, and further information.

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