I raced on both several times and nearly bought a 25.5, but ended up with something a little bigger with an inboard diesel
and enclosed head
. The 25.5 felt bigger than the Catalina
25 and I liked the fact that it had a real toerail for smacking into slip pilings. Every 25.5 I looked at had fairly significant blister problems and gelcoat
cracking and the 25's only very minor blistering. As I recall
, the cockpit
seemed bigger on the Catalina 25, but I may be wrong. Catalina has strong customer support on their older boats and the Catalina may be easier to sell when the time comes. Always compromises. Enjoy the search.