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Capri 25s were designed by Frank Butler and built in the Florida factory. The majority were built in 1980-1982, with additional productions in 1983 and 1988. In all approximately 450 were built. The boat was designed and built as a competitor against the burgeoning J-24 fleets and the other newcomer to this class, the Merit 25. In reality, the Capri 25 is very competitive against the Merit 25, J-24, Kirby 25, and Santana 25. They all have roughly the same specifications. Of the four boats, the Capri is probably the beamiest, but it also has the most spacious and comfortable cabin. It’s ideal wind conditions are in the 6-10 kt range. It doesn’t do as well in chop as the J-24, but beats almost all of these boats downwind with a spinnaker, and easily planes. It is also competitive against the newer Colgate 26, which has a slightly faster PHRF rating. There is a one design fleet in Minnesota, where close to 40 Capri’s are raced from the Wayzeta Yacht Club. The others are scattered across the United States, from Maine to Utah, from California to Florida, from Texas and Oklahoma to Colorado. The Chesapeake Bay has at least 10, located in Annapolis, Havre de Grace, and the Hampton, VA, area. There is an extensive internet presence.
“Spectre” was purchased from a private owner in Ft Walton Beach, FL in March 1982. It was six months old at the time. The owner moved to a home with a dock, but only 3 feet of water at low tide. In May 1982 it was moved on a custom trailer to Solomons, MD. From then until 2005 it resided at a private dock or on the hard at a marina in Solomons. It was pulled every winter. Between 1985-1988 it was sailed to and kept at a marina in Norfolk, VA, and was pulled for inspection/bottom painting every winter. In 1988 it was moved back to Solomons, MD. In 1991, it was pulled and remained on land until November 2005, when it was moved on a custom trailer to Norfolk. It was launched again in September 2006.
Spectre was raced extensively between 1982 and 1985, less so from 1985-1988 in Norfolk, and only rarely between 1988 and 1991. It has been aground once or twice on soft bottom, and has never had a collision.
The boat was broken into in the spring of 2006. Only a few (expensive) items were stolen, but the hatch was left open, causing some damage to the cabin sole and the companionway step. This prompted extensive refurbishing to the point the boat looks as good as it did the day I bought it.
White with gray nonskid Port/starboard/stern lights Spinnaker pole support on starboard bow Bow pulpit Stern pulpit Lifelines Hull - White with red stripes Compounded and waxed X 2 in 2006 New Capri 25 vinyl lettering 2006 Micron CSC bottom paint – two coats in summer 2006
Standing Rigging: Masthead rig. Single spreaders with single upper shrouds and double lower shrouds. Double slotted foil. Sail roller wheels. Adjustable split backstay (stock)
All lines run to cockpit. 2 - 3 Block deck organizers (NEW IN 2006) Halyards – 2 jib, 1 main, 1 spinnaker, topping lift, and foreguy with spliced on shackles (NEW IN 2006) Aluminum spinnaker pole Full spinnaker equipment Adjustable spinnaker pole mast ring on track Tracks/cars for Barberhaul/Tweaker blocks Inboard and outboard tracks 4:1 Downhaul System (NEW IN 2006) - Harkin 4:1 Mainsheet System (NEW IN 2006) - Gerhauer Merriman Fairlead Cars (4) 2X Lewmar 7 Single Speed Winches on cabin top 2X Lewmar 16 Two Speed Winches primary 2X Lewmar winch handles (one locking) Mast sheaves – Delrin (NEW IN 2006) Boom – outhaul, jiffy reef, regular reef Cunningham/preventer
All sheets and lines are cleaned and rinsed annually, and stored for the winter in an environmentally controlled area.
3 Jibs: 155% Mylar – Leonard fair condition 155% Dacron- Shurr – excellent condition (one season) 110% Dacron – Shurr – excellent condition (used about 10 times) 2 Mains: Dacron #1 – Shurr – excellent condition (one season) Dacron #2 – Leonard – very good condition 2 Spinnakers: 0.75 oz. radial (VERY OLD – USEFUL FOR PRACTICE ONLY) 0.60 oz. radial (NEW IN 2006 – NEVER USED) – Elliot-Pattison
All sails have been professionally serviced and cleaned, and are stored during off season in environmentally controlled areas.
New companionway step/cooler cover with black formica laminate Sink replaced and reseated Electric water pump installed New plumbing hose and through hull bronze stopcock Compressed gas burner for coffee, etc. Porta-potty (rarely used!) New teak and holly sole 2006 Settee kickboards laminated with matte black formica 2006 New sunbrella cushions (red) throughout 2006
Electrical: ALL NEW IN SUMMER 2006
Marine battery (has battery box) Mounted trickle charger Shore power connector 30A Shore power cable Circuit breaker panel (new 2006) Master power switch (added 2006) Internal 110 VAC GFCI receptacle internally – 2 (one in starboard lazarette, one below sink port side) (added 2006)
Electronics/Navigation: ALL NEW IN SUMMER 2006 Raymarine ST 40 Analog anemometer Raymarine ST 40 Speed transducer Raymarine ST 40 Depth Raymarine ST 40 Wind Gauge Raymarine ST 40 Bidata Gauge (for boat speed and depth) Windex masthead wind direction indicator Danforth Saturn Bulkhead Compass (on companionway mounting board) Handheld VHF with charger AM/FM radio with external equalizer/amplifier and 2 internal bulkhead mounted speakers
4.5 hp Johnson Seahorse Outboard. Lower unit was refurbished with all new parts in 2006. Impellor changed annually. 5 gallon plastic gas tank. Spring retractable engine mount (NEW IN SUMMER 2006)
Engine is fresh water rinsed and stored in lazarette during off-seasons.
Manual bilge pump Adult life jackets (4) Stern-mounted throw ring with 50 foot line Single safety lines Bow and stern pulpits (SS) Air horn Bosun chair (new 2006) 25 # Danforth anchor with 100 ft rode Tiller (new 2005) Forespar tiller extender 2X Lewmar winch handles (one locking, one not) Jib sheets Spinnaker sheets – regular and light air (light air rarely used) Dock lines (new 2006) Fender Radar Reflector Leather sail protectors on forward stanchions Sail protector wheels on spreaders New forward hatch trim Forward hatch dogs (new in 2006) Spare set of main battens Windscoop Shower bag
The trailer was used to bring the boat from Solomons, MD, to Norfolk, VA in 2005 (approximately 200 miles). It was purchased in May 2004 for $3975. It was also used in 2004 to move from one marina to another, and then to launch the boat in July 2006.
Specs: 8600# carrying capacity 2 inch ball size Extendable launching tongue Winch stand ladder Spring Suspension Super lube hubs Radial Tires Galvanized frame, axle, wheels, u-bolts and hardware Submersible lighting system Easy launch skid pads 2X6 bottom keel board Tongue jack and wheel Disc brakes (hydraulic, with actuator)
Pictures available Contact: Jerry Mothershead Usna1974@cox.net 757-627-3876 (home) or 757-477-3705 (cell)
Edited by - existentialsailor on 02/22/2007 04:54:02
Notice: The advice given on this site is based upon individual or quoted experience, yours may differ. The Officers, Staff and members of this site only provide information based upon the concept that anyone utilizing this information does so at their own risk and holds harmless all contributors to this site.