L.O.A.: 25' 2" (7.70 m)
L.W.L.: 21' 0" (6.40 m)
Beam: 9' 6" (2.90 m)
Draft: 4' 4" (1.30 m)
Displacement: 4400 lbs. (2000 kg.)
Ballast: 1600 lbs. (650 kg.)
Sail area: 283 sq. ft. (26.29 m²)
Vertical clearance: 37' (11.28 m)
Motor: outboard or inboard.
Headroom: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Rating (PHRF-LO) : 210
Price range: $16,000 to $20,000
Although many Mirage 25s are now over 15 years old, they have to be considered one of the newer boats on the used market because they were only introduced in the early to mid 1980s. This boat successfully incorporates a lot of room into a modern looking 25 footer, and it sold very well. It's very possible that the Mirage 25 would have become the all-time best seller in its size range in Canada if it had been introduced a few years earlier when the "entry level" sailboat market was at its peak.
The Mirage 25 has an aft head and a large wide-open interior (with a small partial bulkhead separating the main cabin from the v-berth area). Some of its cabin space is achieved with a design which has a fairly high freeboard. This may cause some extra windage, but it doesn't really detract from the boat's appearance or proportions. The Mirage 25 is a little tender, so its crew will probably reef sooner than later when the wind starts to pick up.
People interested in the Mirage 25 may also want to check out the Kelt 7.6, another very popular and modern looking 25 footer which was built in Canada in the early to mid 1980s. Because they are slightly newer designs, both these boats tend to have asking prices which are a touch higher than the average 25 or 26 footer on the used market.
by Michael McGoldrick.
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