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Roamer
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Initially Posted - 08/26/2018 :  12:32:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recently purchased #4345, a 1984 fin keel, tall rig boat, which does not have a pop top! Seems to be an uncommon combination of features. The interior is in very good condition, and the keel is not "smiling" at me. This boat has always been in the great lakes, and I intend to start out with Catawba Island, Lake Erie, as home base. It came with a 6hp Tohatsu, which seems a little small.

I started sailing back in the '80s, but had to give it up for a long time. In 2015, I bought a San Juan 21, which was great for small lakes in central Ohio, but very bouncy in Lake Erie, thus the move up in size.

1984 TR/FK

bigelowp
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Response Posted - 08/26/2018 :  15:14:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Roamer:

Welcome to the C-25 Community. FYI I have a 1980 FK/TR without Pop-top so you are not alone! (personally I view the pop top as a non essential item, but others will opine differently). Great boats and I am sure you will enjoy both sailing her and the Association. You can add the boat type and location in your "signature" area. Again, welcome!

Peter Bigelow
C-25 TR/FK #2092 Limerick
Rowayton, Ct

Edited by - bigelowp on 08/28/2018 17:54:15
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Dave5041
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Response Posted - 08/26/2018 :  18:47:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome aboard! Its a great boat for lake Erie, especially with a roller furler. The tall rig is sometimes a bit much for the Spring and Fall breezes. I usually keep Pearl at Brands in Port Clinton, but not for the past couple of years due to a couple of hand surgeries.


Dave B. aboard Pearl
1982 TR/SK/Trad. #3399
Lake Erie/Florida Panhandle
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Stinkpotter
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Djibouti
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Response Posted - 08/26/2018 :  20:32:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Dave5041

...The tall rig is sometimes a bit much for the Spring and Fall breezes...
So do you have one or two reef points on the mainsail? If two, consider that the second reef is sorta like a first reef on a standard rig, which I with a standard (not racing) would use above about 12 knots of wind. To get the same "sailing comfort" a TR might want to set the second reef. The headsail is a little less of an issue--it provides more drive with less heeling force than the main. (My "2nd reef" was main on the boom and full 130% genoa alone--not bad performance and very comfortable in 15-20 kts, although it gives up some pointing.

Welcome to the community!

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.
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sethp001
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Response Posted - 08/28/2018 :  20:17:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome aboard!

No pop top = more seaworthy! (from a guy with a pop top)



Seth
"Outlier" 1987 Catalina 25 SR/SK/Traditional Interior #5541
"Zoo" 1977 Morgan Out Island 30
"Nomad" 1980 Prindle 16
"Lost" 1988 Catalina Capri 14.2
"Marine Tex 1" Unknown Origin POS 8' Fiberglass Dinghy
http://whichsailboat.com/2015/08/22/catalina-22-review/
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Stinkpotter
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Djibouti
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Response Posted - 08/28/2018 :  20:54:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by sethp001

No pop top = more seaworthy! (from a guy with a pop top)
Well.... maybe slightly if caught in an ocean storm and rolled over by 20' breaking seas. But the C-25 isn't made for that in almost any respect. There have been many discussions here about what constitutes a "blue-water sailboat"--the C-25 is definitively a "coastal cruiser." Green-black sky closing in? Head for shelter!

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

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dasreboot
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Response Posted - 08/29/2018 :  04:57:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
whether it has a pop top or not would not enter into my decision . I hardly use it, but I have a few times and it was nice. Its absence would be more convenient for running lines aft.

Todd Lewis
Eowyn 87 TR/WK C25 #5656
ARWEN 84 TR/SK C25 #4031

Edited by - dasreboot on 08/29/2018 04:57:34
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hewebb
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Response Posted - 08/29/2018 :  05:11:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome to the group. I have a pop top but would prefer not to. I have had it up once. My rig is standard and in the fall I change the head sail to a 110 on the furler to accommodate the windy season. That and the second reef in the main allows me to sail comfortably in 30 knot winds.

1988 WK/SR w/inboard diesel Joe Pool Lake
Hobie 18 Lake Worth



Life is not a dress rehearsal. You will not get another chance.
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Dave5041
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Response Posted - 08/29/2018 :  09:26:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love my pop top. A weekend on the hook is much more comfortable with it up. With out it, mid-boom sheeting would be nice. Like Dave, my second reef is genoa only sailing.


Dave B. aboard Pearl
1982 TR/SK/Trad. #3399
Lake Erie/Florida Panhandle
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