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CAL 25, 1965, St Petersburg, Florida, $5,000

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CAL 25, 1965 Racing Sailboat for sale

She is a 1965 CAL 25, built in California by Jensen Marine. There were thousands of CAL 25’s built, and many are still sailing in California, Detroit, and Annapolis. Moonraker is hull #22, and was the first CAL to cross the Rockies, in 1965, to be raced in Yachting Magazine’s “One of a Kind Regatta” at the St. Pete Yacht Club. She was crewed by her designer, Bill Lapworth, and her builder, Dick Deaver of Jensen Marine; and possibly Lowell North, her sailmaker. LOA 25’, Beam 8’, draft 4’. Ballast is 1750 pounds of lead encased in keel. Total weight 4400#.

I bought the boat in 1973, through Jack Robson, a yacht broker on Beach Drive. The prior owner, George Marshall kept her at his dock in Holmes Beach, and raced her for many years out of Bradenton Yacht Club. In 1985, with the help of Tony Johnson of Competition Sails, and Bill Shakespeare of Embree Marine, we extended the mast by three feet, shortened the spreaders from 36 inches to 27 inches, and put on heavier stays and running rigging all around. Those improvements helped us to win many, many races, including seven Kahlua Cups in the gulf, where she was First in Fleet twice, and First in Division five times.

  • In the 90’s, she was “Boat of the Year” twice in West Florida PHRF.

    Now, for the inventory: SAILS

  • North Sails dacron main; North Sails 150 genoa; North Sails 110 blade; North Sails radial spinnaker; and Competition Sails star cut spinnaker. All in excellent condition. Tuff-luff double slot head stay foil.


  • 2018 Honda 9.9HP, long shaft, electric start and alternator. Less than 20 hours. Smooth as silk. Flushed with fresh water after every use.


  • 25 lb. Danforth anchor, 20 feet of chain, 100 feet of 3/8 inch rope.
  • Three portable gas tanks; Spinnaker pole; Whisker pole; life harnesses; 6 life jackets; vinyl cushions on all four bunks; vinyl cushions covering cockpit seats;
  • Pop Top with canvas dodger with screens; all running lights plus masthead and spreader lights; fire extinguisher; manual bilge pump; new battery; bimini top covering cockpit; full cover for sliding pop top & companion way; flag staff and US flag; boat hook; ships clock and barometer; porta potti with enclosed head and door; digital speedometer; onboard battery charger and dock side cable; all channel VHF radio with masthead antenna; 2 winch handles; all genoa sheets and spinnaker sheets.
  • Her bottom (Baltoplate racing paint) has been cleaned every two weeks by Scuba Clean (now Bayside Marine), and is race ready.
  • PHRF 216/241.

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