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Cape Dory 25
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2 6055 Sat April 11, 2009
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100% of reviewers $3,500.00 9.0

Description: Cape Dory 25
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Registered: December 2007
Posts: 1
Review Date: Fri March 7, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Stout, clean lines, safe and lots of sail area and storage, affordable.
Cons: Small interior

A great design true to its larger cousins with graceful lines and scale. Trimmed out in teak, there is just enough woodwork that you can enjoy its beautiful looks without all the upkeep of a wooden boat. Ours was built in 1975 on Valentine’s Day and like all early fiberglass hulls, they overbuilt her. An absolute joy to sail, you can keep a close haul and sail on leading edge of the wind and she keeps a straight line. With an auto furler, she is an easy boat to sail single-handed, and a very stable and safe boat with kids on board. She can maintain 5.5 knots with 264 sq. ft of sail, and we have had her to 7 in good wind (she shutters at around 6). One of the most unique features of this boat is the recessed outboard engine compartment aft of the cockpit. Once under sail, you can close the hatch and enjoy an unobstructed veiw. In keeping with the proportions true to a larger boat, interior height was sacrificed making the cabin a bit cramped. My family (wife and two kids) fair better than I because I am 6'0" and feel a little too big for the head. It will accommodate us fine on a daysail, but it is much like a VW bus camping for a weekend.
Overall a great boat for lake sailing or offshore. I have heard many stories about the Cape Dory 25 sailing accross the Atlantic and even around the world, but I'm not ready for that yet.
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Registered: January 2009
Location: So. Calif.
Posts: 2
Review Date: Sat April 11, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $3,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solidly built, forgiving, steady.
Cons: engine well, headroom.

I bought my 1977 CD 25 with a trailer. After 19 mos. of work, I finally have a small "yacht" that I simply love to sail and spend time on. It's is very solidly built. It's not beamy (7'3" and draws around 3'6". It doesn't have a out in the open skeg rudder, which is nice, and you can raise and lower the mast as it is deck stepped. Roller furling was the best thing I installed besides the marine head and holding tanks. This vessel was sailed from Seattle to Alaska and then back down to San Diego. You can see, she's quite capable of doing extraordinary things with a knowledgeable captain to guide her. (Not me, the previous owner!!!) She's a very capable small vessel that you can feel quite safe in. I've had her to 6 kts. and up to a 40 degree list and she's solid. She's not a low air boat but can at least move along with a jib pole and doing wing to wing, also. I take her out more often than my friends do their much larger sailboats!
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