Cape Dory 25, 1981 Cross Lake, Shreveport, LA
There’s plenty of yacht packed into the Cape Dory 25; inside and out you can see the quality and attention to detail that makes Cape Dory boats stand apart from the others. She is a sloop rigged, four berth cruiser with enclosed head, hanging storage, galley with sink, ice box, and stove area. Electrical system includes cabin and navigation lights, The Cape Dory 25 is factory equipped with sails, winches, six bronze opening ports and much more. She offers a degree of stability hardly ever found in twenty-five footers. The Cape Dory 25 is particularly well suited to areas where wind and weather conditions are apt to change quickly. She was designed to give excellent performance over a wide range of conditions. There is no substitute for the easy motion and ease of steering she and other Cape Dorys offer.
This one needs some TLC. Woodwork throughout, almost all running rigging replaced 10/20, good standing rigging, sails still have some stiffness and are in decent shale for a boat this age
Long and roomy Large overhead opening hatch 2X bronze oval port lights Shelves Portta Potty under berth Shelving on port w/ storage under Hanging locker on starboard
One shelf behind settee needs replacing Two large settees for bunks w/ storage below 2X oval bronze port lights SS galley sink w/ hand pump Battery voltage meter Standard Horizon Maxi VHF radio, never used by me Large self draining ice box built in under stairs Sliding hatch companionway (roomy) Interior 12 volt lighting
Anchor w/ anchor and rode And chain through chain pipe on deck SS bow pulpit Mooring cleat w/ pinned bow chocks 130% RF jib w/ UV cover stitched in Mainsail cover Double reefing main 4:1 boom vang Lazy Jack system Pole track on mast Teak grab rails on deck Tan colored non-skid deck areas Lewmar #6 sheet winches Adjustable jib fairlead cars on tracks Storage under both lazarettes in cockpit Gated life lines Nissan 9.9 4 cycle outboard w/remote 3:1 mainsheet on traveler Wooden tiller handle w/ cover SS pushpit SS fold down swim ladder Solar charger panel New battery Navigation lights Deck light Bottom paint in great shape. It has been stored on elevated lift No trailer
L.O.A.: 24’ 10” L.W.L.: 18’ 0” Beam: 7’ 3” Draft: 3’ 0” Displacement: 4000 lbs. Ballast: 1700 lbs Sail Area: 264 sq. ft. Mast Height: 31 1/2’ Designer: George Stadel Years Built 1972 - 1982
I have owned this boat since 2013. Time to go back to a trailer sailor.
Boat does have some rain leak into interior from older gaskets around port openings. Interior needs good cleaning and exterior wood needs to be refinished. She sails great and will weather strong winds well. Four stroke motor contained in covered motor well. Named “ At Last” or text 318 465-1837
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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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