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I don''t have anything that I could send to you via computer, but I can tell you a couple of things about the boat. When you look in that timeframe and size range, you will see that there were the Catalina 25, Oday 25 & 26, and Hunter 25. Most of these boats were designed so that they could be trailered. Those size boats are a BIG handful to trailer. In my opinion, what the Montego designer did was to take trailering out of the equation and therefore was able to design a better boat. The Montego will be a bigger 25 and a bit heavier boat and have a fixed keel, not a centerboard. On the others you will find were either 8 or 8.5 foot beams. That''s the legal limit for trailering. The Montego is beamier at 9''1" giving it more stability. These are not necessarily bad things. Mine had the shoal draft (3''6"). It also has a deeper draft that will be a better sailing boat. It came as an outboard or inboard with a gas OMC saildrive or a small Yanmar diesel. The inboard had a 12 gallon fuel tank and carried 20 gallons of fresh water. Mine even had a small Edson wheel with engine controls on the pedestal. I ordered it new. Down below, there was a decent, built in ice box, ss sink in galley and head, and a very clever slide out alcohol (non-pressurized) 2 burner stove. There were options for a regular marine head. The Montego has a private head, in that, it is part of the forward cabin with a solid wood sliding door providing the privacy from the main cabin. These are things that set it apart from the pack and help make it more of a pocket cruiser as opposed to just a day sailer with a cabin. Pratical Sailor did a comparison around 1983 between it and the Oday. You might try to contact them and see if you can get a copy.
If you are in Tampa, you are close to the designer Jopie Helsen. Sailor''s Wharf is in St. Pete. I think you can find them on the web. I''m sure pride of authorship will have him talking to you about the boat. He might even have some specs to provide to you.
Hope this helps.