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Seller's Description

Catalina 250, 1996 sailboat for sale water ballasted centerboard keel $12,500

This is a very well-equipped, lightly used, one-owner, fiberglass, masthead rigged sloop used exclusively on the Elephant Butte Lake (fresh water). Stored mast down on the trailer in covered parking between infrequent sails. The sails and most running rigging were always stowed in the cabin out of the elements and are in excellent shape.

Specifications: 25’ LOA, 8.5’ Beam, 1’8” draft centerboard up, 5’9” centerboard down 3,600# displacement with 1,200# of water ballast Roller furling 110% Genoa head sail with Sunbrella UV protecting wrap Jiffy reefing full batten main sail with boom kicker and Sunbrella UV protecting sail cover Large bimini for cockpit shade 1996 Tohatsu 8HP 2-cycle long shank outboard, electric or manual start 3.2 gal portable fuel tank (fuel locker has a 6 gal tank capacity)

Instruments/Electrical: Navico Corus 600 Instruments (Wind, Speed, Depth, & Compass) on a unique removable rotating display panel Shakespeare marine VHF radio New (2019) marine battery stored at home on maintenance charger between sailing seasons

Cabin: Sleeps 4 adults Enclosed head with porta potty and sink Single butane burner stove and stainless sink galley Optional Dual burner stove available for a retrofit – inquire for details 5-gallon polyethylene jug under the galley provides potable water for galley and head sinks. 48 Qt. cooler can be packed at home and fits nicely under the galley

Trailer: Ready to tow tandem axle galvanized trailer with bearing buddies, surge breaks, new (2019) tires and new (2020) hitch. I’ve never had the boat and trailer on a scale but believe the towing weight of a fully provisioned boat is around 4,500# including the ballast. I don’t know the actual tongue weight but it tows flat and comfortably behind our V6 Jeep Grand Cherokee with its class IV hitch and self-leveling air shocks.

Included Equipment: Custom (Sailor’s Tailor, Inc) full-deck cover for trailering and mast up storage/mooring. Two Danforth anchors with lead chains and line Dock Lines and Fenders Anchor/Mooring riding sail Life Jackets, Horseshoe rescue buoy, Rescue rope throw bag Telescoping Boat Hook Flex Solar panel for on-boat battery charge maintenance Propane stainless steel grill attaches to the stern rail Galley Pans and Utensils Owner manuals for boat, trailer, engine, and instruments

Boat in T-or-C New Mexico, Owner in Albuquerque or phone 505-450-one-four-four-eight



Catalina Yachts
Catalina 25, 250, Capri 25 International Assoc.
# Built
Transom hung


Length Overall
25 0 / 7.6 m
Waterline Length
21 3 / 6.5 m
8 5 / 2.6 m
4 11 / 1.5 m
4,200 lb / 1,905 kg
1,050 lb / 476 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
265′² / 24.6 m²
Total Sail Area
265′² / 24.6 m²
Sail Area
135′² / 12.5 m²
24 6 / 7.5 m
10 11 / 3.4 m
Air Draft
33 2 / 10.1 m
Sail Area
130′² / 12.1 m²
29 0 / 8.8 m
8 11 / 2.7 m
Forestay Length
30 4 / 9.3 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.4 kn
Classic: 6.18 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.39 knots
Classic formula: 6.18 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
100-200: light

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
<20: lightweight racing boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
>2.0: better suited for coastal cruising

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


Wing Keel draft: 3.42’/1.04m

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