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Catalina 25
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Description: Catalina 25
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Review Date: Sun September 22, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A solid boat that is easy to sail and to learn on/with. Plenty of room for a weekend for a couple. Few amenities as is usual with this size boat however what is does have is pretty well thought out. I do not regret buying it and would buy another Catalina.
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Review Date: Mon October 7, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Catalina made very significant changes to the C25 beginning in 1989. While the hull remains the same, running rigging was much improved and the interior provides much better headroom with a new floor pan. There were some wing keel models in 1988, but those layouts did not include the revised interior. The 1989, 1990, and 1991 models of this boat represent the pinacle of evolution for the c25 design. If you are interested in a cruiser of 4000 lb to 5000 lb displacement, don't overlook this particular model.
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Review Date: Sun October 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Catalina 25. Auto Helm ST 2000 auto-pilot, Profurl furling, all line halyards led aft to a rope clutch by Spinlock. Harken single line reefing and lazy jacks. Solar panel by Siemans Solar. Coast Guard compliant marine head by Groco with holding tank, manual overboard and deck pumpout. 3" Nicro day/night solar fan in the head. New masthead with spinnaker bail. The mast is filled with styrofoam peanuts to eliminate coax and wire slapping noises while at anchor. The addition of a 2 burner propane stove has complimented the galley quite well. All cosmetic teak below is varnished. New Lewmar 2 speed winches and Harken mainsheet blocks. A Yamaha 9.9 hp electric start, xtra long shaft, 4 stroke outboard. VHF and AM-FM radios.
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Review Date: Sun November 16, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Catalina 25 is a design very similar in concept to the Catalina 22, and has similar sailing characteristics. Over the years, it has been available with Fin, Wing, and Retractable keels, and three different interiors (2 dinette style, and one with traditional folding table). The major difference between the C-22 and the C-25 really shows up inside the cabin. With the pop-top raised, the C-25 has 6'-6" of interior headroom, and a head that even a "big guy" can sit in with relative comfort. I fabricated a filler board and cushion that fits in the aisleway between the starboard settee and the dinette table, and this gives the boat a full 5' x 6' queen size berth. The Catalina 25 was manufactured from 1975 to 1991, and with this long production run, there are boats for sale as low as $4000, to late model hulls in the $15,000 range, something to fit almost any budget. The Catalina 25 offers a very nice, roomy and comfortable interior, and very nice sailing performance, with a total trailering weight of about 6,500 -7,500 pounds depending on model year and accessories. You do need a heavy duty, 3/4 ton or 1 ton full size pickup or van to tow and launch this boat, as it is more than twice as heavy as a Catalina 22. The mast is somewhat heavier and longer than the C-22's, but is not extremely difficult to raise and lower.
Sailing Performance: In 12 knots of apparent wind, the boat will make about 5 knots on a beam reach. On a close reach or beat, the boat will heel to about 35 degrees, at which point the rudder begins to cavitate and the boat will begin to round up unless the driver spills some air from the mainsail. This behavior is predictable and gradual, and helps prevent knockdown. The rudder is semi-balanced and has some weather-helm when beating. On a nice windy day on San Francisco Bay, this boat is very fun to sail, and when evening falls, and it's time to tie up for the night, the cabin and galley are large enough to prepare dinner for several people.
Auxiliary Power: Most Catalina 25's have an outboard motor mount, and I recommend a 4-cycle, 9.9hp engine, of which there are several to choose from. A few '89-'91 hulls were delivered with a 2-cylinder Kubota/Universal inboard diesel.
Summary: In a nutshell, the Catalina 25 is about the most sailboat you can have and still be trailerable.








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Review Date: Tue April 7, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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For first boat owners or owners of small boats looking to move up to a cabin oriented pocket cruiser, the 1984 Catalina 25 is an excellent choice. Good cabin layout (we have the traditional) and easy sailing make this a great weekend retreat for a couple or family with a small child. The swing keel version can be recommended for shallow lakes or coastal areas where tide fluctuations can leave other boats on the bottom. Our C-25 has a Honda 100 (9.9 hp); highly recommended. They are reliable, quiet, easy to start and uses standard gasoline. We have found Catalina support to be excellent, although factory parts are becoming hard to come by. I would suggest immediately joining the National C-25 Association and ordering both technical manuals. Also visit the C-25 Web site at www.kaiwan.com/~jp/index.html for information and tips. If looking at a 1984 swing keel, pay special attention to the pin attaching the keel. These tend to wear after time. While C-25s can be purchased in a wide range of prices, consider the costs of any repairs or upgrades which may have been made on later model boats. These changes add up quickly.
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Review Date: Tue November 17, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned my C25 for two months now, and although the swing keel first posed some worries, I love it! I've stayed every weekend on her for the past month and finished rewiring the electrical. Do check out the electrical and the keel. The original stove is useless, I'm going to convert to propane. Other than that just sail. That's what I got into all this for anyway. I highly recommend the C25 to novice sailors. I started this with very minimal experience and now I'm sailing circles around other boats in my club. She's a good dependable boat to learn on, and in many eyes, a keeper.
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Review Date: Sun January 3, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Overall I am very satisfied with this boat. I used it initially as a day sailer on West Okoboji, Iowa. I also took it to Green Bay, and sailed it around Door County, Wisconson one week. That's Lake Michigan, of course.
Last year I trailered it down to Fort Myers Beach, Fl.and have kept it there since. I have sailed from there to Naples and Marco Island as well as Captiva Island.
The pop top is nice when you're in port but I wish it had a standard roof top so I would feel more secure out to sea. I chickened out on a trip to Key West because of it.
It sails well and I have a 9.9 hp Yamaha which does a fine job when the wind dies. I have got my money's worth out of this boat!
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Review Date: Sun July 25, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Good cruising boat that's easy to sail. Swing keel adds flexibility but also maintenance. Lots of parts available, and good support from the manufacturer. Sails well, but not a racing boat. I love this boat!
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Review Date: Thu January 2, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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What can one say about what is probably the sailing equivalent to a Chevy?!Well made,excellent sailing qualities,excellent support from various groups and companies.Well engineered and outstanding layout....very safe design and fast and forgiving.Not gorgeous but by no means ugly.Can be found everywhere for almost any price....just watch for really beat up, neglected ones.Buy one and you'll NEVER regret it...brisk market when it's time to sell if clean.Plenty of room for a couple even on extended voyages.
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Review Date: Sat December 13, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am inpressed with the quality and design layout. The cabin features are among the best on the market. No short cuts on comfort and practicality as expected for its size. Is quick & responsive with the controls at the cockpit to weather out vry gud in rough waters. Perfect sleeping at the aft berth. Gally is equipted with basic ample needs for any person to feed the crew and seats (4) adults, with no cramping. We live aboard having enough space to suit our needs and enjoy the relaxation of a pleasant vacation. We feel very safe and secure knowing how it performes with a tall mast. Early reefing or storm sails is the key for safe sailing. As with any boat, the skill level is paramount and the Catalilna 25 has all the muscle that any skipper needs. For a trailabe boat I feel that this is the ulitimate for my needs. Happy Sailing....don
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Review Date: Sat December 13, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am inpressed with the quality and design layout. The cabin features are among the best on the market. No short cuts on comfort and practicality as expected for its size. Is quick & responsive with the controls at the cockpit to weather out vry gud in rough waters. Perfect sleeping at the aft berth. Gally is equipted with basic ample needs for any person to feed the crew and seats (4) adults, with no cramping. We live aboard having enough space to suit our needs and enjoy the relaxation of a pleasant vacation. We feel very safe and secure knowing how it performes with a tall mast. Early reefing or storm sails is the key for safe sailing. As with any boat, the skill level is paramount and the Catalilna 25 has all the muscle that any skipper needs. For a trailabe boat I feel that this is the ulitimate for my needs. Happy Sailing....don
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Location: norfolk virginia
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Review Date: Tue October 23, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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great boats!!.
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Registered: April 2009
Location: Rockwall
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Review Date: Mon March 8, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Easy to sail, nice accomodations
Cons: Can't stand up straight, I'm 5' 10"

We love our Catalina 25 and treat her like our summer home. We have a tall rig with the fin keel, hull number 1390. Down below we have the L shaped dinette so she has enough room to sleep 5 (If you're very friendly. Two couples, one couple in the V berth and one on the port side and a single in the quarter berth)
My wife and I overnight on her all the time with our 3 year old, it works out perfectly.

She sails well and I even race her from time to time. She's very safe and will round up before she knocks down. About 12 to 16 knots is about perfect for her.

If you're looking for a nice little pocket cruiser, take a look at the Catalina 25. There's a terrific owner's forum at www.catalina-capri-25s.org and all the parts you need can be ordered at Catalina Direct.

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Peter Powers
1979 TR/FK #1390
~Stephanos~
Bayview Marina,
Lake Ray Hubbard
Dallas, TX

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Registered: August 2007
Location: Bristol, Rhode Island
Posts: 379
Review Date: Fri December 31, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Large owner base, great support. Feels solid.
Cons: Headroom.

Fin keel, standard rig, diesel (Universal M-12 two-cylinder).

Lots of big-boat features in a size anybody can be comfortable with.

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Joe - s/v Assignment, Catalina 320
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