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Ha ha... yes, I'm starting to see it that way. Still, we all like to engage in a little bit of 'boat foreplay' to pass the time before the time when buying a boat is actually smart.
Reminds me of a statement someone made on a forum once. Something like this...

"Buying a boat is hardly a good financial decision."
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The Cape Dory 25D is a cult boat and, thus, overpriced. A CD27 or CD28 in similar condition will almost always be cheaper. They ought to sail better too.
"Cult" boats got that way because they were valued by enough people, that to say they are "overpriced" ignores the law of supply and demand.

I've never owned a CD, but I did have a catboat--another "cult" boat that held its value. The reason cult boats hold their value is because they offer something to their owners of value over a very long time. You might pay more than another boat of the same vintage, but you will likely get most of your money back when you sell it many years later. The CDs, as I understand them, are solid boats that retain their value better than many of their contemporaries.

Bottom line: CDs aren't overpriced if folks are wiling to pay the price. No one is forcing you to buy one.
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"Cult" boats got that way because they were valued by enough people, that to say they are "overpriced" ignores the law of supply and demand.

I've never owned a CD, but I did have a catboat--another "cult" boat that held its value. The reason cult boats hold their value is because they offer something to their owners of value over a very long time. You might pay more than another boat of the same vintage, but you will likely get most of your money back when you sell it many years later. The CDs, as I understand them, are solid boats that retain their value better than many of their contemporaries.

Bottom line: CDs aren't overpriced if folks are wiling to pay the price. No one is forcing you to buy one.
Hey nice rant!

Do you know that I own and sail a CD330? As for supply and demand, I think the short supply of the CD25 (along with its inclusion in JV's book) may have something to do with its excessive price. In any event, I simply suggested that CD27's and 28's were significantly better values than the 25D. Not sure you said anything to the contrary, but since you quoted me . . ..

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Reminds me of a statement someone made on a forum once. Something like this...

"Buying a boat is hardly a good financial decision."
Dude... those moments out there on the water, when nobody is bugging you for days... PRICELESS!
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The Cape Dory 25D is a cult boat and, thus, overpriced. A CD27 or CD28 in similar condition will almost always be cheaper. They ought to sail better too.

As an aside, I have never before heard any CD owner say that his boat didn't sail well in light air. I can get my boat moving well in 7-8 knots of wind. CD's are actually pretty tender to start and almost all would be reefed before 20knots.

Lots of boats will do well in the bahamas. Just get one and go!
The 27 and 28's are great, too. I had my checkbook out and almost bought a pristine CD 27 for $11,000 (owner had just bought another boat and his wife was raising hell with him to get rid of it) in Annapolis once before my wife ripped it out of my hand (already had one boat). I still wish my grip had been stronger.
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Hey nice rant!

Do you know that I own and sail a CD330? As for supply and demand, I think the short supply of the CD25 (along with its inclusion in JV's book) may have something to do with its excessive price. In any event, I simply suggested that CD27's and 28's were significantly better values than the 25D. Not sure you said anything to the contrary, but since you quoted me . . ..

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CD 330's are sweet.

All CDs are priced high. One because they didn't make enough of them to go around, and two, because they are all really sweet boats.
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The 27 and 28 are great boats, but I much prefer the interior arrangement of the 25D.
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The 27 and 28 are great boats, but I much prefer the interior arrangement of the 25D.
I'll say this for sure. Nobody in history ever put a nicer head on a 25 foot boat than the CD 25D has.
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