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Powerdude, I had a Catalina 25, tall rig, fin keel, for > 20 years and had a great time with the boat, but it was a bear to trailer. It's heavy, as 25 foot boats go, and takes a fairly serious tow vehicle to pull it on the highway, as well as pull it up the boat ramp. When I towed it through mountains with my first tow vehicle, I had to stop periodically on the longest hills, pour a jug of water over the radiator to cool it, and then tow it the rest of the way up the hill.
The mast is heavy, and can't be raised by one person without using an A frame or similar gin pole system, and that takes time and work to set it up, and you will soon tire of doing all that work. It isn't the kind of work you will be willing to do, just to sail for a day or a weekend.
The fin keel has 4 foot draft, and you'll find that it's often hard to find boat ramps that can launch a boat that deep. Many boat ramps are used primarily by fishermen and small sailing dinghies, who's boats can be floated off the trailer in 3' of water. You'll need a minimum of about 5 feet of water at the ramp to float a fin keel C25 off the trailer. If you can't trailer launch it, you might have to pay a marina to hoist it for you, which is very expensive.
When I bought mine, I intended to trailer it to Lake Erie, Lake Michigan and Florida, but rarely trailered it anywhere. I kept it in the water in a slip throughout the summer, and only trailered it a few miles each year, to and from the dry storage lot.
As much as I liked my C 25, I don't think it's the best choice, considering your plan to trailer sail it.