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I sailed on a neighbor''s 1980 Cat 25, he claimed displacement was about 5600, but it seems like he was off by about a half a ton. Most info I see on the internet puts displacement at about 4500 lbs. My boat, a Helms 25, is about 500 lbs. lighter.
The Cat 25 is a pretty heavy beast to trailer regularly, but 4 or 5 trips a year on the road seems doable. The swing keel will facilitate trailering (you can use a roller trailer, I bought a used powerboat tandem axle trailer with rollers to put my Helms on for storage) and the mast will take careful handling to step on the trailer, but with bridles and/or a gin pole for stability you should be OK stepping it with two people.
Bear in mind that with trailer, boat, and gear, you are looking at towing 6500lbs. or more. You''re gonna need a serious tow vehicle. Do yourself a favor and try to find a boat that comes with a trailer in good (or at least serviceable) condition; used boat trailers of the necessary capacity are difficult to find. Learn how to judge the roadworthyness of trailers if you don''t know (frame condition, bearings, brakes, springs, axles).
You will come to appreciate the convenience and flexibility a trailer offers even for a boat at the upper end of "trailerable" size range.