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Sailfish 25

Brief details


Maxim Marine Ltd., Warsash, Southampton

The Sailfish 25 offers good sailing performance and accommodation, plus the ability to use drying moorings. The drop keel is hydraulically raised, with manual or electric pushbutton pump


25' 5"

Sail area

371 sq ft


20' 0"




9' 4"




1' 1" to 3' 7" keel down




5,000 lbs


Hydromarine inboard diesel


1,620 lbs



Keel type

cast iron aerofoil section drop keel

Sailfish 25
Sailfish 25
Sailfish 25

Plans from Maxim Marine's original sales brochure

Sailfish 25
Sailfish 25

In the 1970s Maxim Marine built two similar-styled small cruisers, the Sailfish 18 and 25. This is the 25, designed by Angus Primrose.


The accommodation consists of a vee-berth forecabin, a good sized heads compartment with marine WC and washbasin, and the saloon, with galley and a quarter berth to port, and seating and the saloon table to starboard. The saloon table fits in two different positions as a table, and can also be lowered to turn the seating into a small double berth. The interior has a moulded headliing, with saloon headroom of 6' 0"

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The keel raises into the housing in the centre of the saloon, and is lowered by operating a hydraulic valve in the cockpit. It is raised either by a manual pump, or electrically by pushing the small button at the bottom of the switch panel in the saloon. Once raised it is locked in place with two S/S bars through the side of the keel box


The Hydromarine diesel which was an original installation is a marinised 2-cylinder Kubota engine. This example has an anchor windlass installed, which would not be standard

Sailfish 25

Overall, she offers a spacious, moderately fast small cruiser, with the major advantage of being able to use cheaper drying moorings. A trademark of the Sailfish range was the dark topaz blue hull mouldings, which unfortunately tend to fade with age

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