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Sadler 25

Brief details

Builder

Sadler Yachts, Hamworthy, Poole

The Sadler 25 is an attractive small cruiser, fast and seaworthy, particularly in this deep fin keel version. The 1980 example shown has an iboard diesel, very good sails, and a non-standard interior with the galley in a pull-out unit, making for a very spacious saloon when the galley is stowed away. Sadler 25s were also sold as 'kit' boats, so the standards of the interior fitout can vary considerably.

LOA

25' 0"

Sail area

343 sq ft

LWL

19' 6"

Rig

Masthead sloop

Beam

8' 9"

Cabins

Saloon and forecabin

Draught

4' 7"

Berths

4

Displacement

4,000 lbs

Engine

various

Ballast

2,000 lbs

BHP

typically 6 - 8

Keel type

Iron deep fin keel with transom-hung rudder on skeg

In 1973 Martin Sadler asked his father David to design a yacht for his new boatbuilding company. The design brief was to be a more modern replacement for David Sadler's long-running long-keeled Contessa 26 design. The result was the Sadler 25, first sold in 1974. As Sadler Yachts expanded, the range extended to larger boats, and the Sadler 32 was a similar "new take" on the Contessa 32.

 

Whilst most of the later Sadlers (26, 29 and 34) had double-skin foam-filled hulls, the earlier designs (Sadler 25 and 32) had conventional solid GRP hulls. Later Sadler 25s had more extensive interior GRP mouldings and a slightly taller rig. Originally 6 hp Petter air-cooled diesels were the standard inboard engine, but some boats were sold with an outboard bracket on the transom for a 5-6 hp outboard. A variety of other inboard engines were also occasionally fitted.

As a lighter boat, and with a separate keel and rudder, the Sadler 25 was a significantly faster boat than the far from slow Contessa 26, and also had substantially more interior space. The hull has tumblehome amidships, and is described by 'Yachting Monthly' as having ".... some of the sweetest lines afloat anywhere". The Sadler 25 was initially built with a choice of deep or shallow fins, but a bilge keel version was also introduced after a while. A very few lift-keelers were also built.

The design was built from 1974 to 1981, with around 300 boats built. In 1981 the design was enlarged slightly and construction changed to an "unsinkable" foam-filled hull to become the Sadler 26.

At least three different interior layouts have been installed on Sadler 25s, the most common being the galley forward to starboard, with a dinette opposite. Another option was a fixed galley by the side of the companionway to starboard

Sadler 25 for sale

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A Sadler 25 finished well up in the results of the 1980 OSTAR singlehanded transatlantic race, despite being the smallest boat to compete.

Another recently made a fast transatlantic passage in 2009 as an 'unofficial' ARC entry.
despite hitting debris whilst at 8 knots and breaking her rudder. The boat arrived in the Caribbean with jury rudder, still faster than several other bigger boats officially in the race.

Sadler 25 for sale
Sadler 25 for sale

On this yacht the galley unit is a pull-out unit which stows away under the starboard cockpit seating.
It has space for a two-burner gas or alcohol stove, but the present owner, who has used the boat
only as a daysailer, has only a single-burner camping type gas cartridge stove.

It is believed that the yacht shown was originally sold as an outboard powered model, and that the present Bukh DV8ME engine was later fitted. Despite the relatively low power of 8 hp, the engine drives the hull well

Sadler 25 for sale

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Sadler 25 for sale
Sadler 25 for sale
Sadler 25 for sale
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