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1.Critical points for a 1974 Cape Dory 25 survey before to buy ?
2.Options for boat delivery in EU?What documents must be provided?
3.It is able, by technical view, to cross the ocean during a optimal weather window?
 

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Sailing one of these transatlantic would be problematic. It is so slow that you'd need to carry extra stores of food & water - which would make it even slower. There might not be room for the crew, with all the food.
 

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And, if you're thinking about buying it, look at the 25D model instead. Standing headroom and an inboard diesel. I had one and it is still the boat I wish I'd never sold.

They only issue was that when it was only three years old, it had quite a few blisters on the first haul out. It was a 1982 model.

I'm a big Cape Dory fan and I would love to have one of their 40 or 45 models, if I could swing it financially.
 

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1.Critical points for a 1974 Cape Dory 25 survey before to buy ?
2.Options for boat delivery in EU?What documents must be provided?
3.It is able, by technical view, to cross the ocean during a optimal weather window?
Can't help you with 1 or 2. As for #3, people have crossed with lesser boats properly prepared. I think the problem would be that it would cost you quite a bit to get the boat (especially of this age) ready for the trip - including paying for a lot of things that you would probably not need if you are going to use it for a coastal cruiser in Europe - e.g. a proper lifefraft and EPIRB.

I agree with the suggestion about the CD 25D which is a much nicer boat than the CD 25.
 

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1.Critical points for a 1974 Cape Dory 25 survey before to buy ?
2.Options for boat delivery in EU?What documents must be provided?
3.It is able, by technical view, to cross the ocean during a optimal weather window?
(1) sailingdog's boat-inspection tips

(2) Sorry, can't help.

(3) It *can*, suitably prepared -- whether you would want to is a different question. You probably won't enjoy it.

Good luck!
 

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Given the width and breadth of the European market I'm wondering why are you shopping in North America? I'd expect there would be no shortage of similar/suitable boats already in the EU, especially if an Atlantic crossing is not the primary objective... or is it?
 

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My advice? Get a Folkboat somewhere in EU. Crossing the Atlantic in CD25 can certainly be done - it is a very solid design - but it is too much hassle and cost to do it. Add the crossing money to your boat budget and get a nicer boat in EU. I have also heard that importing an older boat involves a hefty tax.
 

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2.) Getting that boat to the EU is not impossible, but it will likely take a lot of money. It will need new rigging for sure, sails, unless they are very recent, and many other parts. To prepare that boat for a trans Atlantic crossing could take close to twice or three times the selling price depending on your standards. I also think you will need builders documents and Cape Dory has been out of business for a long time. They may be available, but make sure first. Make sure the standards it was built to will be accepted in the country you are exporting it to. I have heard that most EU countries are hard to bring boat into and likely going to be taxed quite high.

Seems like this is really not very feasible, as I can't imagine the boat would sell for much in the EU. The suggestion of a Folkboat is a good one. Likely many available, and likely sails at least as well if not better. Would have close to as much room below, though not as much as a CD 25D. Or a Contessa 26, or lots of others that will cost less than the upgrades needed for the crossing. I would look in England there seems to be a lot of small cruising boats along the lines of a CD that are quite affordable.
 

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In Europe you would do well to look for an Albin Vega, HR Monsun (a bit more expensive) or perhaps an Arpege, which should be in the same general price range as the CD 25D.
 
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