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    Norton, Massachusetts, United States
    1974 Cape Dory 25
    $6,500 USD

1974 Cape Dory 25

Norton, Massachusetts, United States
$6,500 USD

The owner bought this boat in 1999

General condition and any additional information

Sailboat was used exclusively in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts by one family. Sale includes a fiberglass 9 ft. rowboat with three (3) seats and small locker under bow seat, PLUS, a 24 ft. Custom trailer with four (4) 15 inch tires and electric brakes and lights. There are mounting brackets on trailer for the mast.

Standard features

Cape Dory 25 (24 10) full keel fiberglass sloop 1974. Batten main with 2 sets of reef points, 135% Genoa, Jib. New Jib forestay. 6 hp Yamaha long shaft outboard, July 1999, with 145 total hours. 3 1/2 gallon gas tank and one (1) gallon gas tank. Bow and stern pulpits

Extra gear included

Row boat anchor, oar locks, oars and hand bilge pump. Lifelines with one (1) gate on starboard side. Whisker pole. Two (2) Boat hooks Eight (8) fenders American flag and flag holder. 23 ft mooring pennant with floatsTwo Danforth anchors - small 10 lbs with 62 feet 1/2 nylon anchor rode. large 22 lbs. with 110 feet 5/8 nylon anchor rode. Horizon Marine UHF/FM radio with antenna. Lighted Compass. Two Olin kits of emergency flares and handheld smoke flares. Drop boards with combination lock and key locks for lockers and lazarette. Cabin ventilator. Air horn and safety harness. Docking lines (8) Life jackets (8) Tool box and fire extinguisher Paint (boot top,varnish, outboard and teak ). Dodger without canvas. Boom vang and tack downhaul. Two winch handles and holder. Cup and cell phone holders. Marine head with hoses (not installed) Ice box

Improvements to the hull, deck, rigging, engine, or interior

Lights - cabin, running, instrument, cabin foredeck and steaming. Depth finder (Data Marine). Radar reflector and wind vane. Sail cover Cockpit and cabin sole rubber matting and four seat cushions. Boarding ladders (2) Four (4) six foot (6) bunks with vinyl covers. Electric and manual bilge pumps. Potty with seat

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George H. Stadel Jr.
Cape Dory Yachts
Cape Dory Sailboat Owners Association
# Built


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 lb / 1,814 kg
1,700 lb / 771 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
262′² / 24.3 m²
Total Sail Area
262′² / 24.4 m²
Sail Area
138′² / 12.8 m²
24 0 / 7.3 m
11 6 / 3.5 m
Mast Height
31 5 / 9.6 m
Sail Area
124′² / 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
Engine Hours


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.

Links, References and Further Reading

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



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