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11-26-2013 04:44 PM
Griffinroydonald
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

I bought a Project boat years ago and did the required work myself to get her back in the water. I spent what I could and when I could. The boat was purchased for $3500 and I put about $1500 in her from the start. I bought used parts from many places and reconditioned what I could for use untill better parts became available. The boat was finished after 5 years and has served me well. I could afford a new boat but wanted to change layout and rigging to suit my likes and needs. I would not do this to a new boat.
I have many friends who have learned to sail in this old boat and they share use of it in exchange for help with required work. The cost is cheap for yearly operation as I live near a large lake and pull it down in the spring and leave for a few weeks at a time. We use it untill November and them pull it home. I say buy what you can and enjoy it. I would buy something you can sail while you fix things that are worn and broken untill you have what you want. I have built and changed the entire layout so it meets my needs
11-26-2013 04:44 PM
cheoah
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

Without knowing real condition, hard to say, but I think you passed it by? $900 for a decent cape dory that needs little stuff is not bad, but storage can be a killer. Sweat equity is cheap, and someone really clever can do a lot for little $.

Good luck finding a project. I think others have taken on some trashed out boats that would make that cape dory look like cream puff.


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11-26-2013 04:18 PM
Markwesti
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

Probably a good idea to pass at this time . I mean first things first . Don't worry , from what I understand FL. has a few extra boats for sale .
11-26-2013 04:00 PM
gjbrnhll
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

It's docked on the other side of Eau Galli causeway for 30 bucks a month. I think it may be a bit too much of a project for me now. The biggest thing actually was that I wasn't able to sail her before I bought her so that was a deal breaker for me.

She needed to be stripped and repainted before going back into the water.
11-26-2013 02:09 PM
Shinook
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

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I am in Satellite Beach Florida. I have a 10ft Snark (and have had it since I was a kid). Now that I live on the ocean I can start looking for a larger vessel. Love the water. Love sailing. Have no money.
I live near there (minutes away).

Where do you plan on keeping the boat? What yard is she in now?

You are probably talking at least $200/mo for slip fees, more realistically closer to $250.
11-26-2013 02:05 PM
gjbrnhll
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

I am in Satellite Beach Florida. I have a 10ft Snark (and have had it since I was a kid). Now that I live on the ocean I can start looking for a larger vessel. Love the water. Love sailing. Have no money.
11-26-2013 01:47 PM
Markwesti
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

I'm curious to know your general location and what waters you will be in . Also a little bit envious . Single,first boat that type of thing.
11-26-2013 01:46 PM
azguy
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

I sometimes wonder where you guys get your information/facts. I'm a newbie so I know nothing but I do spend a considerable amount of time on Craigslist. Outboards with long shafts are few and far between and at a minimum you are looking at $500 and more realistically more. Sails, a worn to death headsail could cost $250 and go price some lines for the jib sheets, halyards and mainsheet and you are talking money real fast...
11-26-2013 12:47 PM
mad_machine
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

sweat equity is cheap. You can probably pick up a cheap used outboard in good condition for not a lot of money (especially now in the fall) and the jib can be used as well.
11-26-2013 10:52 AM
kwaltersmi
Re: Cape Dory 25 - Project boat

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Originally Posted by gjbrnhll View Post
Is this boat too much for a novice craftsman with a low budget?
Sounds like an ideal fixer-upper/first boat for a single guy with time and an intention to get money. Only you can make the judgement about how this might fit with your budget.

I had didn't have the money to fix up my first boat, but I offered $400 anyway and she was mine. I put in sweat equity and not much else and sold her 1.5 years later for $2500. In the short amount of time, she introduced me to sailing. I've never once regretted buying that old boat. In fact, it's one of the best things I ever did for myself and my family. They say there's nothing more expensive than a cheap boat, which many can attest to, but apparently I bucked that trend.

A word of caution: Even if fixing up the CD25 won't require much in terms of new/upgraded parts, having the right tools to do the job is often the limiting factor. Tools are expensive if you don't have them or can't borrow them.
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