1979 Catalina 25

Lake Travis, Austin Texas
$3,000 USD

Catalina 25, 1979 located on Lake Travis in Austin Tx Great popular boat. Ideal first "big boat".

Fin keel(points well, 4ft draft) Displacement 4900 Ballast 1900 Capsize ratio 1.93(under 2 indicates offshore capable) Comfort ratio 19.14 SA to Dis 15.78 SA 270 square feet

Clean Tx titles for Hull and Outboard

Freshwater use

Mercury 9.9 long shaft on heavy duty bracket with 12v alternator and electric start. I've always used Ethanol free marine grade gasoline in this outboard. The outboard alone is worth $1200+ used. I've never had any issues with it not pushing the boat at hull speed, even in high winds. Turn the throttle more than 1/4 turn and you are just making noise and burning fuel for no reason. The outboard will tilt up out of the water when sailing, but it is a little heavy/tricky to do.

Standing rigging recently tuned and in good shape Unique 1979 only interior layout. Table drops down to make a bigger berth. Running rigging replaced 3 years ago in good shape Engine never has given any issues Two batteries; hold charge but are older. Comes with smaller solar trickle charger. Keel nuts are a little rusted, but still hold solid, and there are no leaks. Will need some electrical work for navigation lights(I never used them or looked. Could just be a fuse or bulb. Comes with two bow anchors and one stern anchor. All Danforth style. Larger bow anchor needs to be spliced onto anchor rode. There is a small deck pipe installed to keep anchor rode off foredeck. Comes with good main, 120-130 Genoa(small tear on seam, easily repairable, Spinnaker, and smaller 90% or so “storm jib”. 5 winches total, all Lewmar. 1 halyard winch on cabin roof, 2 two speed winches forward in cockpit, 2 single speed winches aft. Adjustable split backstay. Rigged with topping lift and downhaul for spinnaker pole. All appropriate lines/blocks for racing.

This boat has a pop top, and a pop top cover, but the cover will need to be cleaned. I never used it. Makes the boat feel much bigger on the hook or in the slip.

2 spots in the cockpit are soft, but do not effect sailing ability. Windows leak a little in heavy rain. Bilge is always dry unless there has been a storm. Bilge pump/float is there, although I have never used it. I pump out the boat manually when it needs it, and sponge the bilge until dry. No odors have ever been noticed. Dock rash here and there Could use deck paint Rudder is handmade “balanced design” could use a little sanding and paint but fine as is. Could use a bottom job in the next couple years. Last was in 2016. No head. Bring a Porta-Potty. Cushions were cleaned and treated with mold/mildew cleaner/killer 8 months ago. They still have a few blemishes here and there, but are clean.

Absolutely great boat to start out on, and not worry about breaking things. Parts are generally pretty cheap and available off the shelf at most marine stores. Catalina direct still sells 99% of the parts for these boats.

Slip can be transferred where she sits for $250 per month. I have owned this boat since June of 2018, and have gone through just about everything. That being said, she is a 1979 and still has a few smaller things that need to be sorted out in order to be in excellent condition, although she is solid/sailable as is. The reason I am selling her is that I am purchasing a bigger boat. I sail/visit this boat regularly and will continue to do so until sold. I will be keeping my life sling and magma grill. The boat will come without personal items, although I will leave a couple life jackets, a few cleaning supplies, and a gas can. I will also give you a couple sailing lessons if you are local/interested. If you are bringing a trailer, I could sail the boat over to where you are hauling it out after you inspect the vessel. Austin Yacht Club has DIY mast steps. You would need to arrange with them for a haul out, but they are generally pretty friendly. Schroth Fiberglass routinely hauls out boats. The only other yard that I know of here in Austin that has facilities for sailboats is Sail and Ski. Lakeway Marina might as well. This boat has been well loved and used frequently, and I hope you will get as much enjoyment out of her as I have! Additional photos can be found at Instagram.com/linesledaft

She is ready to sail, and ready for her new owner! $3000 Or best reasonable offer. No trailer or phone (972) 825-6319

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About the Catalina 25

Frank V. Butler
Catalina Yachts
Catalina 25, 250, Capri 25 International Assoc.
# Built
Hull Type
Fin w/transom hung rudder


Length Overall
25 0 / 7.6 m
Waterline Length
22 2 / 6.8 m
8 0 / 2.4 m
4 0 / 1.2 m
4,550 lbs / 2,064 kg
1,900 lbs / 862 kg

Rig and Sails

Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
271 ft2 / 25.2 m2
Total Sail Area
270.4 ft2 / 25.1 m2
Sail Area
118.1 ft2 / 11 m2
24 8 / 7.5 m
9 6 / 2.9 m
Mast Height
Sail Area
152.2 ft2 / 14.1 m2
29 0 / 8.8 m
10 5 / 3.2 m
Forestay Length
30 10 / 9.4 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
6.31 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
under powered
stiffer, more powerful
Comfort Ratio
lightweight racing boat
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


The most popular sailboat (in this size range) ever built in the US.
Dimensions shown here are for the standard rig (pre-1988).
A swing keel version was also available. Draft (max.) 5.0’ (min.) 2.0’
Wing keel version: 2.83’/.86m
I: 31.0’
J: 10.5’
P: 27.66’
E: 9.58’

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