Captain's ReportWeekend WarriorBy Capt. Bob SmithTest CaptainThe 25 Cruiser adds a larger option to C-Dory’s line of Down East trailerable trawlers. Simple, easy to maintain ,and trailerable means this craft will generate a lot of attention for boaters out there looking for a trawler-style boat for cruising, yet don’t need the space associated with the typical cruiser. ConstructionThese boats are ruggedly built with the hull and topsides constructed separately and then glassed together for a unitized system that’s stronger and lighter than most. Another great advantage is that they don’t have a legion of fasteners bored into seams that can leach water and break down material over the years. C-Dory protects the nose of the boat from debris and trailer rash by adding a 1” brass stem guard from the bow eye down the leading edge, since this is where the most frequent damage on a trailerable boat occurs. Color is molded into the hull rather than added later so it lasts as long as the hull does. Interior surfaces have two layers of gelcoat for a longer lasting finish. Hand rails and cleats are stainless steel and are thoroughly bolted for security. The windows are Diamond Sea Glaze safety glass which are found on most high end trawlers. Deck FeaturesTopside, the C-Dory 25 has a standard roller system for ground tackle. Getting forward is made a bit safer with the stainless steel rails along the top edge of the cabin top. The side walkways seemed pretty narrow, but most boaters on this model will most likely only go forward while anchoring or docking. Safety rails surround the bow area and all top surfaces have extra grip for better footing. Rub rails are heavy-duty one piece aluminum. The trim tabs are standard on the 25 as well as a windshield wiper and opening front window. The 25 Cruiser is also equipped with 30 amp service shore power. The CabinInside, the C-Dory 25 offers a galley with small refrigerator and cooktop on the starboard side behind the helm. Over on the port side is a dinette with a removable table. Under the aft seat is a standard hot water system. The forward bench back can be used in two positions; one faces the table and the other faces forward for underway viewing. The head is mounted on the starboard side abaft the galley. An easy snap-in canvas can be hooked up to allow privacy in the head when needed. The windows are all large, which gives the helmsman a clear view in all directions. When it’s time to turn in for the night the dinette table drops down to form a 6’4” berth, and the V-berth forward becomes another 6’4” berth.SpecsThe C-Dory 25 Cruiser measures 25’ 5” length overall with a beam width of 8’6”. She boasts up to 6’10” of headroom in the cabin spaces and weighs in at about 3,602 lbs. without the outboard attached. Although we tested her with the Honda 150 Four-Stroke, she can utilize outboards up to a maximum recommended power of 200-horsepower. She carries 107 gallons of fuel for a range sure to give you plenty of rest and relaxation on the water. The hull on the C-Dory 25 Cruiser is warranted for 5 years, yet the manufacturer claims to have a large client base with far more years under the hull without problems.PerformanceWe tested the C-Dory in the Intracoastal Waterway, and found she cruised most economically at 3500 rpm. At this speed, you can expect to achieve a fuel burn of 3.8gph and average about 15.4 mph, which delivers a range of 390 miles on a full tank of fuel. She can charge up to 35.4 mph at 6000 rpm with the Honda 150 Four -Stroke outboard. At top end, you burn 14.5 mph and have a range of 235 miles. Sound levels were good with a low of 59 dBa at idle, 76 dBa at cruise, and 89 dBa at top speed. Time to plane was only 6.7 seconds with a 9.2 second time to 30mph.If touring for a day or a weekend is what you like to do, and you enjoy the advantages of a trawler, then the C-Dory 25 provides a great choice in a trailerable package. She has the price, amenities, and the handling any weekend warrior could want in a trawler.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the C-Dory 25 (2006-) is 35.4 mph (57 kph), burning 14.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 54.88 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the C-Dory 25 (2006-) is 15.4 mph (24.8 kph), and the boat gets 4.05 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.72 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 390 miles (627.64 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Honda 4-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!
(It's quick and FREE!)