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Coronado 25
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Review Date: Sun September 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Purchased this 1967 Coronado with nameplate data of Wesco, Los Angeles, CA. Hull #340. Older boat but built sturdy -- 'flies' into the wind -- extremely 'forgiving' for those of us returning to sail after many years. Drawback is the O/B mounted centerline , aft, within the hull. Cannot be raised and an electric start is mandatory.

I've been having some great fun with this hull. Mr Frank Butler designed and built the Coronado 25 in 1965 under Wesco Marine. In 1968, Mr Butler sold Wesco Marine to the Whittier Corp which was Columbia Yachts. He stayed with the company for a little over a year and left in 1969 and started Catalina Yachts of which he is still president. Columbia Yachts went out of business over 10 years ago.

Behind the galley sink in an old envelope I found some papers. The Safety Rules are of interest for one says:
"The motor can be stored in the side compartment, but only during sailing." This would indicate a relatively small motor -- what are other Coronado sailors using?

Also, in this treasure chest found behind the sink was a membership application. The app was for the NATIONAL CORONADO 25 CLASS ASSOCIATION, INC. at P.O.Box 125, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Did the association ever get underway?? Any veterans left? Is this the forerunner of the Catalina Clubs? Any info?

May I call to your attention a web site established especially for us Coronado sailors: www.concentric.net/~Cs-cb/Sailing/.
It provides an opportunity for Coronado owners past, present, and future to exchange ideas, sea stories, and repair pointers about these great hulls. Don't be shy -- most of us are 'rookies' returning to sailing after many years and we didn't want to invest a great deal on our return -- now we are pleasantly surprised by what we have. Join in!

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Review Date: Fri March 13, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


We purchased this boat in the fall of 97 and we are excitedly looking forward to the 98 Sailing year. The boat is in fair condition for its age. The Hull # is 476. The boat has 5 berths, Dinette, AlcoholElectric Stove, Sink, Cooler mounted in the counter top, Port-a-Potti and Plenty of Storage areas. The boat has a 9.9 Honda OB motor and 4 sails, Main, Working Jib, Genoa and Spinnaker. This boat will be sailed in the Great Lakes. We will be able to comment on the SailingHandling of this vessel after a few sails this coming sailing season.

An excellent site for Coronado Sailboats (for all sizes) to checkout is at:

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Registered: December 2001
Review Date: Mon April 28, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The Coronado 25 was designed by Frank Butler who founded Catalina Yachts. Its a fin keel cruiser that has very robust keel ( 3ft 8in draft)and not a thin vertical keel making it more like a full keelboat than a racer and actually a nice compromise between the two. The ballast to displacement ratio is about 50%, a real stable platform. My boat is a 1969 model in excellent shape, sloop rigged with a 8hp outboard motor in its well designed well. She has no leaks, is stable with easy heel initially, but then won't go past 20 degrees. This makes for a very pleasant and comfortable sailboat with easy motion and few "surprises". I sail in San Diego Bay and beyond in the blue Pacific and this boat seems well adapted to her environment. She has a small galley to port, a four person table to starboard which converts into a double bunk along with a V berth and quarter berth to sleep 5 (if you want to be this intimate!). The sailplan is well balanced and my boat has a marine head and basic electronics. She has a very easy motion in the water due to her heavy keel and makes reasonable windward progress for a cruiser. Other than her age and needing attention to her rig, etc., I can't think of a better sailboat for 95% of the sailing we all do. She daysails, cruises, races and sits at anchor like the well designed and executed sailboat she is. This is my first boat, and I couldn't be happier with her! I take special pride in restoring her and coaxing her where a newer sailboat would mean having the luxury of ignoring many issues until further "down the road". I have looked at a number of boats and different attributes and I am continuously impressed with the design and performance of my Coronado 25. There are larger boats and those with better individual abilities, but I am convnced that for a smaller cruising sailboat with some offshore capabilities, this boat is near ideal. This sized boat allows a generous range of learning capabilities and yet will allow serious and experienced sailors to make full use of their skills. This makes for a complete, well rounded, decathelon type of performance cruiser. These boats were some of the earliest fiberglass models, an era where the long term durability of fiberglass boats were unknown. A well preserved hull from this era is heavy and literally an "ice breaker" compared to modern "ultra light weight hulls". With a new standing rig and running rig this boat will astound you with its simplicity, performance, ease of maintanence and sheer enjoyment. I never thought 25ft of sailboat would be as comfortable and inspiring as my Coronado 25 "Type Sea" has been. Fair Winds!! If you would like more info you can e-mail me at [email protected]. TB
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Registered: October 2010
Location: San Diego
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Review Date: Tue October 26, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: Affordable; Sturdy; Reasonable Performance
Cons: Budget Construction; Outboard Well; Weak Rudder

Summary: Sails fine; reasonable quality. Youíll enjoy yourself if you take care of this one. Not an extreme racer, nor a full-keeled snail. Sheíll actually heave to and is stable with a pleasing motion on the ocean. At around 12 knots with no crew ballast, weíll put the first reef in the main leave up the 130% genoa. With 2 on the rail (or if we donít care about excessive heel/boatspeed), weíll reef at 15+ knots. At around 20 knots, weíre down to 110% and one reef in main. Weíve never been out above 25 knots (and that was 25 in the bay), but Iíd suggest a second reef in the main with 110%. Iíd describe the weather helm as moderate and reefing the main helps a lot. My boat didnít come with spinnaker gear, so I havenít flown one yet, but Iíll report back when I do.

The sailboat cost vs. performance relationship is exponential. Modern boats are better-engineered, faster and lighter. Extreme racing yachts aside, modern casual/family keelboats arenít much faster. Get a Coronado 25 or similar, learn to fix it up and youíll have just as much performance at a fraction of the price.

Need an example? Catalina 250, MSRP: $30000, PHRF: 222 vs. Coronado 25, MSRP: $2000-$4000, PHRF: 228


I bought my Coronado 25 about six months ago. Iíve sailed it frequently (2-3/week) and took it on a weeklong trip from Mission Bay in San Diego to Avalon on Catalina Island. I got a good deal, picking it up with a dry bilge, decent mainsail and heavy, but blown-out working jib for $1500. The included 8hp two-stroke outboard was sketchy and Iíve replaced it with a 6hp Tohatsu.

Speaking of outboards, the outboard well on the Coronado 25 is a pain. The well does hide/protect the engine and youíll have no problems with the prop lifting out of the water. It will fit newer four stroke motors, but manual start is a pain and getting the outboard in and out is a pain. Thereís no room to kick the thing up, so your lower end will sit in the water all the time and need frequent scrubbing and generally be unhappy. Setting up some kind of remote throttle and/or electric start would be a good idea. Otherwise you could set the motor up on a transom bracket, but donít do this with the stock transom. It is a relatively thin piece of fiberglass and should be reinforced with plywood. Iíve seen this done on other Coronado 25s and it can be done well or very poorly.

Which brings me to my next point: build quality. Thereís something to say about Coronado 25s because quite a few are still around (although a lot were made), especially in southern California. Iíve hauled out and my bottom is blister free and overall good (Iíve seen several other Coronados in and out of the water and most hulls seem to have fared well enough, but the stock thru-hulls are a bit cheesy and Iíll be giving them some attention in the next haul out. The hull/deck joint is a Ďshoeboxí or Ďcoffee caní type, bonded together with some sort of sealant/adhesive and screwed together with stainless screws. Not the best joint, but cheap to make and very common. Budget build. The lead keel is encapsulated (90% sure on that one) and attached to the keel stub with three (Iíve seen four on other boats) galvanized bolts. These nuts rest on simple wooden blocks, rather than molded-in stringers. Cheesy, but OK enough I suppose. Hull thickness is reasonable and definitely thicker than some similar 60s boats Iíve perused (Columbia 26 MK 1 being one, although that is a more robust design overall)

The rudder attachment is weak, but simple, which makes it easy to service. Basically, a fiberglass tube runs from the bottom of the hull up to the cockpit; supported midway by passing through the cockpit floor/outboard well structure. Your rudder shaft runs through this tube up the rudder cap, which bolts and/or clamps onto the rudder shaft and rests on the rim of the fiberglass tube. If your cap isnít bolted on, make it so. Be careful though, itís the only thing keeping your rudder on! Anyway, over the years the top of the fiberglass tube wore a ĹĒ deep groove in the rudder cap, making my rudder hang a little low and putting additional stress on the bronze shaft, which has some surface cracks near where it enters the rudder. Also, the fiberglass fillet bonding the tube to the bottom of the hull would spurt little bits of water due to engine vibration. Some very cramped fiberglass work made that an easy fix. Axle grease applied to the bronze shaft keeps a decent seal and reduces vibration, but wonít last more than a year. The rudder vibrates a little at speed, and might be because of rudderís proximity to the keel (getting fed disturbed water from the keel).

On my Coronado, the decks are a little spongy near the back due to water saturation; standard on this vintage. Idiot previous owners installing deck hardware without backing plates or proper sealant are mostly to blame. This is a good point here. The build quality of Coronado 25s is mid-to-low end, but nothing criminal; however, they are old and have probably been through a few owners. Many of these miscreants will have drilled, cut, wired and otherwise mutilated these boats with mickey-mouse s%$#! When considering or upgrading one of these fine boats, look for gaping holes drilled in the cockpit to mount speakers/instruments/control, dangerous wiring and aggressively stupid modifications to the rig. One of my boatís POís decided to add reticulating spreader arms, but for some reason gashed 3Ē long wounds into the mast to accomplish this. The subsequent corrosion around these holes and generally lousy workmanship will be a headache to fix without replacing an otherwise fine mast. ALUMINUM AND STAINLESS DONíT MIX. Esp when you remove the anodizing through drilling and cutting like a maniac, the aluminum will lose and you will be very sad.

As for the sailing qualities, itís been my experience that boats of this age/price-range are rarely sailed to their full potential. Bad sails, maladjusted rigging, bottom growth and a shortage of sail controls are common culprits. My Coronado 25 came with several of these problems are Iím still in the process of correcting them. However, with a clean bottom, reasonably good sails and proper trim, we tack through 90 degrees at force 3 with full main and 130% genoa. At force 5, in bay conditions with one reef in the main, we tack through a little over 100 degrees. Fighting the west swell and tacking out of the channel in Mission Bay can be a bit of a slog, but easy enough that we donít usually motor unless thereís no wind or lots of traffic . Most of us sailors arenít as good as our boats and while I crew on other, much superior, keel boats thereís still a whole lot of performance I can squeeze out of my Coronado 25.

Without going broke either!
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Registered: January 2011
Location: On the hook in Florida
Posts: 13
Review Date: Wed November 9, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good value

I bought our Coronado 25 on a no reserve ebay auction 3 1/2 years ago. She was in very good shape other than the outboard and the electrical system. I have replaced both. We have done many upgrades to "Morgan". We live and cruise on her.

We moved aboard one year ago this week. We have cruised from Indiana down the river system to the gulf and are now in Florida. We will be leaving next week for the Bahamas. WWW.mikeandsharondunsworth.blogspot.com is our blog with lots of photos af our boat and upgrades.

The Coronado 25 handles very well, and is very forgiving. I can't imagine a better buy. They can be had for as little as $1,500. They are sturdy boats. As with any 40 year old boat, they will need some fixing up, but that is half the fun and gets you to know you boat.

Sailing, (sa ling),1.n. the fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while slowly going nowhere at great expence. Henry Beard
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