Fast boat from a Florida builder

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

25' 3" 25' 3" 20' 6" 3' 6"/4' 6" 37' 3"

outboard 4 to 10 hp 40%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Jopie Helsen

Universal Marine Corp.

1981-1984

portable

20 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 6,650 lbs.

Designer Jopie Helsen owned a marina in St. Petersburg, FL, and designed boats on the side. This one may have been his best effort. She has a high Motion Index, good space down below, is relatively easy to singlehand, and properly sailed will give good performance on the race course. Best features: We used to race against a Montego 25 in our Morgan 24/25 (page 358), and although we won the season trophy once or twice based on the average of our scores, we were never able to beat the Montego, either boat for boat or on corrected time. She is fast, we observed, in both light and heavy air. And despite having the most headroom among her comps, she manages to avoid having a top-heavy look on the water. A wide com-panionway hatch and opening ports keep her cabin light and airy. She was available with either a shoal (3' 6") draft or deep fin (4' 6"). Sailing performance is distinctly better with the deep keel option. Worst features: No significant faults observed.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Columbia 7.6 (25)

25' 1"

9' 2"

3' 6"

4,500

1,500

Cal 25 Mk II

25' 3"

9' 0"

3' 6"

4,500

2,000

Montego 25

25' 3"

9' 1"

3' 6"

4,550

1,800

Tanzer 25 Mk II

25' 3"

9' 7"

2' 11"

4,550

1,985

Seidelmann 25 (24)

24' 0"

9' 6"

3' 4"

4,600

2,200

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

18.7

228

210

6.1

16.3

573

4

5' 8"

18.5

189

219

6.3

16.1

558

5

5' 10"

17.1

236

216

6.1

16.9

557

4

5' 11"

19.1

195

177

6.3

14.7

575

4

5' 9"

16.3

257

216

6.0

16.5

549

4

5' 2"

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