Iím selling a really nice 1977 Catalina
25 sailboat with a custom-made boat trailer
and 8HP Tohatsu long shaft outboard motor
. Based in Earlysville, Virginia. This is a very popular sailboat, and itís great for single-hand sailing or going out with your family
for some cruising. My wife and 4 little kids
and I have spent some amazing time on the water
in this beloved boat
since we bought it in July 2020, but we regrettably have to sell it to help pay for my upcoming heart surgery. This is a nice package deal that I have priced to sell.
Over 6,000 Catalina
25 sailboats were made, and this is one of the first off the factory line, and is hull
number 8! I called Catalina with some questions, and they were very excited to hear from me because this is the earliest Catalina 25 that they had ever been able to track down! Accordingly, it appears to be overbuilt like a tank.
There are no major repairs
that need to be done on this boat, and itís in very good sailing condition. But all boats require some maintenance
, and this one is no different. I consider myself to be an honest guy, so below Iíll mention the few minor improvements / repairs
that I feel would be good to be made. And fortunately, because this is such a popular sailboat, replacement and upgrade parts
are easily available for this boat through Catalina Direct. Here are the details about the boat:
When I bought this boat from a very honest seller last year, I had it pulled out of the water
to be inspected. The marina inspector said that it was in great shape, just like the seller had told me. No leaks
or soft spots throughout the thick hull. And the decks are firm throughout. This is an extremely dry boat. We sailed it in late summer & fall 2020 on the Rappahannock River where we stored it at a marina parking lot and launched it every time. And then in 2021 we kept it in a slip for about 4 months on the Potomac
River. We were pleased to see absolutely no hull leaks
the entire time. We now have it on our farm in Earlysville, Virginia.
The hull has some very minor gel coat scratches on the exterior, and there appears to have been some minor fiberglass
repairs at some point. But nothing major or structural. This boat is in great condition, and it is ready to sail. The last time we sailed it was last month on the Potomac
River and everything worked great. The boat easily gets up to the max hull speed
of 6.4 knots in about 15 knots of wind
The boat has a swing keel
which is really nice for sailing or motoring in shallow water. The keel was upgraded with a new pin and anti-sway kit with new cables
on the winch
for lifting the keel.
The previous owner stripped the bottom paint
3 or 4 years ago and coated it with a 2 part epoxy
primer and multiple coats of high grade bottom paint
. He added more paint
each year until I bought it.
is in great condition, and as previously mentioned, the decks were painted with high grade epoxy paint
and it still looks great. We have kept it scrubbed regularly. The mast
are in good working order. The deck has two upgraded 3-line Spinlock rope clutches
that make for amazingly easy handling of the lines (a $400 value all on their own). The winches are solid and in good working order. The life line stanchions are solid. The life lines themselves are functional, but the plastic coating is starting to crack and peel.
I added swim ladder hardware
to the starboard foredeck, and will include a folding swim ladder, which makes a huge difference in the fun you can have with your family
The bow anchor hatch
contains a nice Danforth Anchor
and plenty of chain and anchor rope
are included. I recently just added 10 extra feet of chain, so youíll have plenty of heavy rode
. You may want to add a new knob on the anchor hatch
door, as the small knob is missing. But itís still functional.
I recently did a thorough repair of the bimini
, including the addition of new locking spring brackets and fabric bimini
straps. Iíll also throw in an extra cloth strap.
The sailboat comes with 3 sails
and a main sail cover
. The mainsail
is functional, but will probably need to be replaced in 2-3 years. The mainsail
cover is worn and will need repair or replacement in the future. Included is a 110 hank-on Jib
sail thatís in good condition, and also a nice 150 Genoa
sail & whisker pole (I never used the Genoa
or whisker pole).
is roomy and comfortable for sailing. Last year I paid to have a transducer
finder professionally installed, which made a huge difference in our sailing this year. A new GPS knotmeter
was also recently added by the previous owner.
I replaced the old delaminating tiller with a nice new wooden tiller. The rudder
is in good condition, but has a small patch of peeling bottom paint.
The hinges on the seats in the cockpit need to be replaced. I recently bought new hinges, but due to my heart condition, I havenít been able to replace them.
The cockpit compass
has never worked, so you may wish to replace it if you like to use a compass
. We used Navionics
on our phones, so it wasnít an inconvenience to us.
You may wish to put another coat or two of paint on the cockpit floor as there are a few small spider cracks. Nothing structural, so itís not something that bothered us.
is in great condition, and is equipped with a full set of cushions
which are clean and in great condition. They are soft and great to sit or sleep on. We found a way to arrange the cabin to sleep our family of six, including a king size bed
setup for my wife and I. The cabin has a new dining table. The interior
woodwork is in nice condition. The sink and the pump
for the faucet work
perfectly. The original head
(toilet) has been replaced and the new one (and the plumbing) work
perfectly. We just pumped it out thoroughly before we trailered the boat home last month.
The boat comes with a newer 12 volt marine battery
to run the electrical
panel. I keep this battery
charged regularly. Last fall I hired a mechanic
to ensure that all the navigation
lights work, and I confirmed that they still worked this summer. The original cabin lights were replaced with efficient LED lights
. A USB charging
port for charging
has been installed in the cabin. The cabin is ventilated with a working solar
vent fan. The boat comes with a functioning marine VHF radio
in the cabin that connects to the mast.
The cabin has an amazing pop top, which is great for ventilation and headroom
that you normally wouldnít get on a boat this size.
When I purchased the boat last summer there were some minor leaks coming into the cabin from some windows and a deck stanchion. So last year I sealed that stanchion hardware
and all the windows and there are absolutely no leaks coming into the boat, except for some minor moisture that comes through the companionway
hatch in hard rainstorms, like with most sailboats. But that is absolutely no concern, as barely any water gets to the floor now. Even in the hardest of rainstorms. I have prided myself on this accomplishment.
The Tohatsu motor is an electric
start long shaft 8HP model. The first few times we used it, we had some issues with the motor cutting out. But we replaced all the fuel
lines and paid to have the motor professionally overhauled, and it has run perfectly ever since, for many hours of motoring. The previous owner also had the impeller replaced right before we bought it. Now it starts so easily (usually on the first pull).
Last year I also paid to have the motor wired for electric
start, which was a nice upgrade. But I think that the rubber button must have hardened over the winter, and needs to be replaced. Itís probably just a few dollars to replace. I will also include an extra marine battery for the electric start if you decide to use that feature. The motor comes with a 3 gallon Tohatsu gas tank.
One huge selling point for this sailboat is the trailer. It appears to be custom-made for this boat, and is very well built. Iím no trailer expert, but I have had several strangers approach me just to tell me how impressed they were by this trailer. It has dual wheels and all four tires were replaced with new ones 2 years ago. I replaced the spare tire and the mounting bracket a few months ago. I completely rewired the lighting
and replaced all the trailer lights. Nice upgrade!
The disc brakes are set up on a surge braking system that works great. The trailer is currently licensed and has a current
. Iíve seen similar trailers sell for around $2k.
I replaced the old wheeled trailer jack with a nice new one with a flat foot. This makes it much easier to jack the trailer up and down. And I have been faithful about greasing the trailer axels before hauling, before launching into the water, and after coming out of the water.
I will include some extra dock
lines, life jackets, fenders, hatchway insect screens, and a nice bimini top. I will also include the mast stepping boards that we use to raise and lower the mast, and heavy duty ratchet straps to secure the boat to the trailer. Because of our long-distance trailering I came up with a very clean and efficient Velcro strap system for securing the lines and rigging to the mast during transport. Iíll include all the Velcro straps.
You are welcome to bring someone to inspect the boat, but since the boat is taken down, and we are 2.5 hours from a good body of water, we are unable to take you sailing on it. Please let me know if you have any questions. Check out the photos to see the nice condition. The boat is nicely strapped down and ready to transport to your home or marina!
$6,900 or best offer