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Coronado 25ft

Any experts care to comment on this boat..?? Know anything about this 1965 Coronado...? It looks like it has an encased keel..

25 ft Coronado sailboat

The price is right and has been dropping over the last few months from a starting point of mid $6k's, which also has me scared as if it was that great a boat it would be gone already, lol... Nice sailboats seem to sell well and quick here in Arizona were the inventory is smaller.

The Mirage 25ft I looked at last week was a waste of time and in horrible condition even though it was listed as being in great condition and well cared for. It had been under a tarp for 10 years

I also looked at a pretty decent Catalina 30 that I would really like to be brave enough to pull the trigger on at $12,000, but I'm a tad scared going that big with a first boat and the subsequent maintenance costs that could/will be associated with it like a haul out and slip fees or even sails.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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I owned one. The keel is NOT encapsulated. Keel bolts are accessed from the bilge. They are simple, stout little boats. Good for learning, and short range cruising.
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Re: Coronado 25ft

My buddy has one, we spent a couple weeks re-doing. Stout, sturdy little boat.

His is for sale, 2k. Motor, sails etc.
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Re: Coronado 25ft

6k is steep for a coronado 25--it better be in better than bristol condition for that price--they were allover for 1500usd last i looked.
they are not a bad lil boat--stout, weather helm in stiff breezes and fun to sail
outboard engine in well. you dont wanna pay brand new prices for a used boat you wont be able to sell for over 2k usd.
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Re: Coronado 25ft

I appreciate the feedback, maybe I wasn't clear, he was asking $6k about 6 months ago and drops it $500 every so often and is down to $4,000 now. Says the boat was completely redone in 2007.

I'd probably offer $3k and not budge much or get him to throw in the trailer at $4k since he's selling that separately. My first choice is a Catalina/O'day 25, but they are really few and far in-between here in Arizona.

I guess I'll go look at it tomorrow, what the heck...
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Re: Coronado 25ft

Trailer adds quiet a bit of value and functionality to the deal.

Worth a look - resale value of a boat should never be considered
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Re: Coronado 25ft

I owned one for 10 years in and out of San Francisco Bay, lots of rough conditions. There were keel bolts, but I think the keel was encapsulated, could never see a keel/hull seam. We beat it pretty hard with no visible effects anywhere. Pretty good well arrangement.

Although we didn't race, it seemed to be able to keep up with other similar size boats, like Cal 25's. Fair amount of room below. In the summer it was a bit overpowered with the stock sails, and as mentioned, some weather helm in heavy conditions.

Maybe do a search for comparable prices. We paid about $6,000 for a 67 model in 1971. It was in perfect, brand new condition when we bought it.

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Re: Coronado 25ft

I've got no input on the boat itself, but I will say that "completely redone" is a subjective term. It could be anything from a gut/remodel to a coat of topside paint and a once-over with a sponge. Get a list of mods/restorations and see if his version of "completely done" is worth a $2500 bump over what sounds like market value to you.
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Re: Coronado 25ft

Yes, I loved the outboard engine well. People always warn about outboard engines getting the prop out of the water in heavy weather.

I had a long shaft Honda 9.9 on mine, and the prop never came close to breaking the surface.

$4k with a GOOD trailer seems reasonable to me. Without the trailer? No way. $2500-$3k, max and it better be clean and have great sails.
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Re: Coronado 25ft

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I owned one for 10 years in and out of San Francisco Bay, lots of rough conditions. There were keel bolts, but I think the keel was encapsulated, could never see a keel/hull seam. We beat it pretty hard with no visible effects anywhere. Pretty good well arrangement.

Although we didn't race, it seemed to be able to keep up with other similar size boats, like Cal 25's. Fair amount of room below. In the summer it was a bit overpowered with the stock sails, and as mentioned, some weather helm in heavy conditions.

Maybe do a search for comparable prices. We paid about $6,000 for a 67 model in 1971. It was in perfect, brand new condition when we bought it.

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Forgot this, we sold it ten years later, with only doing normal maintenance, no "upgrades", for $6,000
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