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Initially Posted - 02/22/2007 :  04:50:42  Show Profile

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.

Boat Description/Accommodations


White with gray nonskid
Port/starboard/stern lights
Spinnaker pole support on starboard bow
Bow pulpit
Stern pulpit
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)

Running Rigging:

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

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:
0.60 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.

Below decks/galley:

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.

Other equipment:

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)
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
Shower bag

Trailer: Trail N Sail Model RKGSK – 24/26 TB (

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.

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)

Price: $13,000

Pictures available
Jerry Mothershead
757-627-3876 (home) or 757-477-3705 (cell)


Edited by - existentialsailor on 02/22/2007 04:54:02
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