In Brief

Cape Dory 25 Sail Plan
After years of building small sturdy daysailers from as early as 1964, the Cape Dory 25 was Cape Dory’s first foray into fully fledged cruisers. The story goes that founder Andy Vavolotis got a hold of the molds for the Greenwich 24 from Allied Boat Company in 1972 and raised her freeboard to improve headroom, thereby adding seven inches to her length.

Other alterations included a fully enclosed head, a hanging locker, and an enlarged galley. She’s a sloop rigged full keeler with a narrow low-freeboard hull that invites a wet ride. The design is quite dated but traditionalist will love the classic lines and underwater profile, and of course true to Cape Dory tradition, the construction is bulletproof.

Though the Cape Dory 25 was designed for coastal cruising some have taken their boats offshore. Author Ed Campbell writes of cruising the Gulf Coast of the United States, including a passage to the Bahamas. In one incident his Cape Dory 25 survived a collision with an underwater cable strung between two offshore oil rigs. For offshore work, no doubt good prep is in order, the guys at Atom Voyages suggest reducing the cockpit footwell volume and modifying the companionway dropboards so they don’t fall out when raised slightly.

Headroom is only five feet down below, this didn’t get fixed until the 25D successor came along which bumped it up to five feet eleven inches. Power comes by way of an outboard situated in a well in the lazerette. There have been small changes through the years including a switch from fixed port lights to bronze opening ports around 1979.

Production ended in 1982, when the model was replaced by the beamier, heavier, and deeper Cape Dory 25D. Of all the offshore capable Cape Dorys, non have sold better than the original Cape Dory 25 with a total production run of 846 boats.


LOA: 24′ 10″
LWL: 18′ 0″
Beam: 7′ 3″
Draft: 3′ 0″
Displacement: 4,000 lbs.
Ballast: 1,700 lbs.
Sail Area: 264 sq. ft.
Bridge Clearance: 31′ 6″

Headroom: 5′ 0″
Fuel: Portable
Water: Portable

Designer: George Stadel
Builder: Cape Dory Yachts
Year Introduced: 1972
Year Ended: 1982
Total Built: 846

Similar Boats

Cape Dory 25D
Bayfield 25
Rhodes Meridian 25

Links, References and Further Reading

» Cape Dory Owners Association, Cape Dory 25 brochures, owner discussions, and further information.


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15 Responses to “Cape Dory 25”

  1. Old Dave says:

    In regards to trailering a CD 25D. I just picked up mine in Ann Arbor MI and trailered it 800 miles at times hitting 75 mph. No problems.

  2. arnold says:

    is it still there, and how much are you asking?

  3. Stephen Marino says:

    I own a CD26 that I am considering selling.

    It is now in the water here in Greenwich Connecticut.

    A lovely classic well maintained vessel built in 1986.

  4. I just acquired a CD 25, 1975 vintage, and I am looking for a forward sliding hatch for the companionway. Our was lost in transit! Thanks for any leads you can offer!

  5. Svgladyserzella says:

    in 2003, I bought a Honda 5HP, long shaft, 4 stroke outboard to power her. It sits in  a deep well at the rear of the cockpit.  I’ve never had it cavaitate even though we’ve been in some rough seas. The PO had a 9 HP 2 storke outboard there but I went with the four stroke (it’s illegal to buy a 2 stroke in CA.). That was the largest four stroke I could buy and still have it fit in the well. I have a 3 1/2 galon fuel tank and a 6 1/2 gallon tank along the sides of the engine. Below the lazarettes, aft, I have another 2 six gallon tank on either side which run through a Racor water separator and fuel filter. I estimate my range at between 150 and 180 miles, depending on sea conditions.

  6. SvgladysErzella says:

    I’ve owned a CD 25 for 10 years now and can truly say it is a well built vessel. Mine has been to Alaska and has sailed down the coast to Mexico. She’s presently at Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. After a total refurbishing, I’ve added several items to her: radar, roller furling, windvane, SSB marine radio, maine head, etc   Caught in a strong storm off the Baja Pacific Coast, she handled it well. She’s an excellent little yacht for a singlehander. Geo. Stadell did a marvelous job of designing her. Her encapsulated ballast emilinates the keel boats found on most sailboats. I love my CD 25.
    Sturdy, forgiving and often faster than her numbers show (I was running down Baja and at times went to 9.9 knots!)
    Of course, at time she also has gone 50 mph when I trailer her back home!  Excellent boat!

    • John in Maine says:

      You have added alot of electronics – would love to see pictures of where you located equipment and of boat with windvane and radar.  Thanks. Also, any tips on what trailer to get for a CD 25 and where to find one ?  Thanks.  John in Maine

    • Steve in New Jersey says:

      I’m considering buying a CD 26 and having it professionally shipped several hundred miles.  I’m concerned that the continuous impact of the keel against the trailer during the trip might cause damage to the fiberglass at the bottom of the internal, encapsulated ballast.  Have you ever had damage to the bottom of the keel from trailering your CD 25?

      • Old Dave says:

        I trailered a 25D 800 miles with no problems. Ann Arbor MI to RI. Speeds up to 75 MPH. I would expect the 26 to be similar.

  7. David Kinnon says:

    Please pardon my ignorance. Are all Cape Dory 25’s capable of being powered by an outboard engine? Where / how is it fitted? Many thanks

  8. Charleylemond says:

    C-D 25 looks very similiar to The Kaiser 25 circa 1964.

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