Kirby 25

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Kirby 25
Kirby 25 Sail Insignia.jpg
Kirby 25 sailboat 0854.jpg
DesignerBruce Kirby
No. built223
Builder(s)Mirage Yachts
Boat weight3,150 lb (1,429 kg)
LOA25.17 ft (7.67 m)
LWL20.75 ft (6.32 m)
Beam8.75 ft (2.67 m)
Hull draft4.17 ft (1.27 m)
Engine typeoutboard motor
Hull appendages
Keel/board typefin keel
Ballast1,150 lb (522 kg)
Rudder(s)internally-mounted spade-type rudder
GeneralFractional rigged sloop
I (foretriangle height)26.50 ft (8.08 m)
J (foretriangle base)9.00 ft (2.74 m)
P (mainsail luff)30.25 ft (9.22 m)
E (mainsail foot)11.25 ft (3.43 m)
Mainsail area170.16 sq ft (15.808 m2)
Jib/genoa area119.25 sq ft (11.079 m2)
Total sail area289.41 sq ft (26.887 m2)
PHRF174 (average)

The Kirby 25 is a Canadian sailboat, that was designed by Bruce Kirby as a racer and first built in 1978. The design is out of production.[1][2][3][4][5]

The boat was built by Mirage Yachts in Canada between 1978 and 1983, with 223 examples completed.[1][2][6]


Kirby 25

In the 1970s the most competitive racing sailboat in PHRF and Midget Ocean Racing Club (MORC) competition was the J/24. Mirage Yachts owner Dick Steffen originally wanted to build the J/24 in Canada, but a deal with Johnstone could not be reached. Steffen instead commissioned Kirby to design a new boat to beat the J/24 and the resulting design was the Kirby 25.[1][5]

The Kirby 25 is a small recreational racing keelboat, built predominantly of fibreglass, it has a fractional sloop rig, an internally-mounted spade-type rudder and a fixed fin keel. It displaces 3,150 lb (1,429 kg) and carries 1,150 lb (522 kg) of ballast.[2][3]

The boat has a draft of 4.17 ft (1.27 m) with the standard keel.[2]

The boat has a PHRF racing average handicap of 174 with a high of 187 and low of 159, it has a hull speed of 6.1 kn (11.30 km/h).[3]

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Related development

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b c d "Canadian Yachting magazine review of Kirby 25". Canadian Yachting. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Browning, Randy (2017). "Kirby 25 sailboat specifications and details". Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c InterVisionSoft LLC (2017). "Sailboat Specifications for Kirby 25". Sailing Joy. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  4. ^ Browning, Randy (2017). "Bruce Kirby". Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b Browning, Randy (2017). "Mirage Yachts Ltd (CAN) 1972-1989". Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ "» Owners List Kirby 25 Class Association". Retrieved 25 November 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kirby 25 at Wikimedia Commons