Good first boat for fixeruppers

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

25' 0" 25' 0" 20' 0" 4' 0" 34' 0"

outboard 5 to 8 hp 43%

Designer: Builder:

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

C. William Lapworth

Cal Boats

1967-1979

portable

15 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 6,100 lbs.

The Cal 25 Mk I (not to be confused with the Mk II, a totally different design, reported on page 328) is stable in a blow, has a cockpit big enough to sail four and drink six, and will sleep a friendly group of four or even five souls. (One couple and their two young children completely rebuilt an old Cal 25 and then circumnavigated the world in her.) All Cal 25s are old, but they were very popular so lots of them are still around, and many are relatively inexpensive. If you decide to shop for one, be careful to examine the hull and deck closely for soft, spongy spots; check the deck beam under the mast; watch for leaking chain-

plates, delaminating bulkheads, and bulkheads pulling away from the hull. Other problem points may be leaking portlights, worn rubrails, cracked rudder, bad electrical wiring, and mechanical problems with the main hatch. Best features: With a cast lead keel of 1,700 pounds, the Cal 25 Mk I is quite stiff in heavy air. It's a good first boat for folks who are handy with tools and want a boat that sails well and is forgiving. Worst features: The 4-foot draft means she is not convenient to launch on a ramp from a trailer, unless the ramp is steep and you can rig a tongue extension on the trailer.

Comps LOD Beam MinDr Displ Bllst

Shaw Nutmeg 24 (25) 24' 6" 7' 7" 2' 9" 3,800 1,475

Cape Dory 25 Mk I 24' 10" 7' 3" 3' 0" 3,850 1,500

Cal 25 Mk I 25' 0" 8' 0" 4' 0" 4,000 1,700

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

17.6

268

NA

5.8

19.3

319

4

4' 3"

17.2

295

255

5.7

21.1

372

4

5' 0"

18.2

223

222

6.0

17.9

381

4 or 5

4' 6"

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