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06-06-2013 10:03 AM
Re: US Yacht 25' - Are they as bad as they say?

Bucc... Thanks... The condition of the boat was in great shape but the interior was tired looking especially the cushions... everything else was the usual maintenance issues 'all' boats have... I started sanding all the varnish from the sole as seen in the photo and it's all stripped and ready for several coats of varnish but have teak oil on the sole to keep water stains from discoloring the wood... other than the mouse hair as seen in the photo I plan on making vinyl headliners/vinyl sides to cover the multitude of screws and bolts protruding the deck... might lose 1/2" of headroom but I can live with that... My biggest joy was getting rid of the Origo stove and adding the induction stove thereby getting rid of any fire sources... adding a shower would be nice but not really necessary if there are marina facilities... here is the starboard cushions I made.

There is a website for our US Yachts by one of the former Sailnet members but it is inactive for some time since he and his wife are in Japan.
06-06-2013 08:45 AM
Re: US Yacht 25' - Are they as bad as they say?

Thanks for your reply, it is really cool to talk with another owner who likes it. Your boat looks great, I need to replace my oval porthole windows, the white looks great. I have a 9.9 Johnson that came with the boat, I put $600 into a tune up and new throttle cables. In hindsight a new one would have been great, but it works well, lots of power. The previous owner had planned to convert the cabin into his own design and gutted original stuff. My wife made cushions, I made a floor from plywood and covered it with carpet. I stuff my sails into the v berth, the cabin I use for storage only. I will get a pic and show you what it looks like.
06-05-2013 07:53 PM
Re: US Yacht 25' - Are they as bad as they say?

I agree. I crewed on a friend's US Yacht 25 many times. It sailed very well, was dry and nothing broke. I wouldn't cross an ocean on it, or most other 25' production boats for that matter, but it was a good lake and coastal racer/cruiser. Enjoy!
06-05-2013 05:38 PM
Re: US Yacht 25' - Are they as bad as they say?

Just saw this post... great post about our little yachts... I too have a US-25 and we both (my son and I) love it... sails great, simple and easy to keep.

We did some upgrades like microwave, induction stove, fresh water hookup, new cushions/foam, new counter top, and now contemplating removing the mouse hair covering and installing marine vinyl...

She has a new Suzuki 8hp extra long shaft outboard and the combination works great.

Enjoy... naysayers of these boats know not what they say...
06-05-2013 02:05 PM
Re: US Yacht 25' - Are they as bad as they say?

I have a us 25 as well, it looks identical to your pic, a tiller instead of a wheel. Personally I find it easy and fun to sail.IMHO all boats have drawbacks, the 25 has a small cockpit and high freeboard. I have had hours of fun working on it and sailing it, most people like the lines of the boat, a nice look. I bought mine for about the same price,sails, motor included. For $2500 you can't go wrong.
07-24-2012 11:19 PM
Marcel D
Re: US Yacht 25' - Are they as bad as they say?

Looks like a nice boat I would go for it. Have you looked at any San Juans same year nice boat as well, Or a Captive 240 fast but tender and a nice interior as well.
07-20-2012 10:42 AM
Re: US Yacht 25' - Are they as bad as they say?

Ok, i found a magazine ad for the 1979 buccaneer 250. Go figure? Its sister ship is the 255 and comes with an inboard. Extra weight must be from fuels tank, exhaust, blower, and stuff like that. The 250 weighs 3750, just like the us yachts version. If you got the optional galley, then the cabin is layed out like the Us 25. Mystery solved
07-20-2012 07:58 AM
SHNOOL I cant speak of the exact model but the Buccaneers as I recall had taller topsides than the US line. I'm betting this is where the weight difference is. Keep in mind those weights are "average" as with all boats and can vary as much as 20% within the production. The buccs and bayliners may have been the same hulls but the layouts and decks were different. As also said the topsides were taller on the older models.

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07-20-2012 01:09 AM
Re: US Yacht 25' - Are they as bad as they say?

Hi. I thought I have a US25, but now I think its a Buccaneer 255. Its a 1979 model and US yachts didnt take over til 1981. Plus it has a Volvo sail drive 50s 7.5 hp. None of the US yachts seem to have one, or Buccaneer 250s. I found the specs on the 255, but no pics. Its all is the same as the US 25 and Buc 250 except it weighs 4100 instead of 3750, and the spec said 3.5 ft draft but mine has a deep keel. I was wondering where the extra weight comes from? The sail drive weighs under 70 lbs. Does anyone know about these Buccaneer 255s. I dont think there are that many of them.
07-01-2012 08:42 PM
SHNOOL Yes but when they were Us yacht the topsides and lines changed sugnificantly as I understand it they eventually became the Triton molds before they were (are) abandoned. Yep I understand the molds still exist.

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