Carolina Sportfish 25 by

[CS25] An offshore boat based on the Carolina Sport Fishing boats lines

Length overall25'7.63 m
Beam8' 6"2.59 m
Weight1687 lbs765 kg
Engine powerup to 280
Hull construction Stich-n-glue
See also Carolina Sportfish 23Carolina Sportfish 25 with Cabin



The CS25 is an offshore boat based on the Carolina Sport Fishing boats lines.

Classic, traditional styling and exceptional performance, are the culmination of many years of design and refinements. This particular "style" of craft excels in performance, functionality and seaworthiness.

The wide beam, flared bow with a fine entry and the transom tumblehome are characteristic of the type.

Paraphrasing the words of Buddy Davis, one of the best boat builders in that style, we can say that this boat is designed to cut through head seas, run on rails in following, breaking seas, and lie still while drifting in deep troughs waiting for a strike.

With its deep, narrow entry, this type of hull doesn't pound, it slices. Thanks to its skeg, impossible to manufacture in an open mold fiberglass boat, it never wanders, it tracks.

The 17 degree deadrise is just right. In offshore sport fishing boat design, almost everybody abandoned the very high deadrise that will rock you to death, it is just too unstable.

Its lightweight composite construction allows its bow wave to start amidships, keeping its nose up just enough to keep the crew dry and comfortable.

At trolling speeds,the wide beam provide stability and the high flared bow reduces wave taking or sprays.

The self bailing cockpit is more than 28" deep at its lowest point and cockpit depth standing on the casting deck is more than 30", an important safety factor.


There are several layouts available: 3 different deck layouts and 3 types of transom.

The basic layout is the open center console version with a "long" deck.

In that version, the deck always covers the edges of the casting deck. This means that a person standing on the casting deck can lean against the coaming without the risk of loosing his balance. There is "toe room" under the gunwale. There is ample storage room under the foredeck and in the casting deck.

The open version with the short deck maximizes the room on the casting deck but it should be fitted with a bow rail for safety.

The jump cabin version has a small and low cabin that covers the casting deck. The cabin hosts two long bunks (more than 7') but has limited headroom. It is however spacious enough to accomodate a Porta-Potti of even a real marine head. A major advantage of that version is the secure storage room for gear in the cabin.

There are transom options too: motorwell for single or twin engines or full transom for add-on bracket.

The motorwell versions are designed along the industry standard dimensions (ABYC) for long (25" or 63 cm) shaft outboards. The full transom will accept any manufactured bracket like Armstrong or Stainless marine without interference with the stringers. The bracket version offers a slightly longer cockpit.

There are other options to consider including positive buoyancy (unsinkable boat). This can easily be easily achieved with our USCG approved marine flotation foam.

The center console layout is ideal for the fisherman. A cooler under the swing back seat, baitwell in the forward part of the very large console or better, in one the stern lockers, fish box and storage under the casting deck, rod holders under the gunwales. The plans include center console and standard T-top plans.

Carolina Sportfish 25

See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Carolina Sportfish 23 Carolina Sportfish 23 by
[CS23] An offshore boat based on the Carolina Sport Fishing boats lines
23' 2"
7.07 m
8' 6"
2.59 m
- up to 280
Carolina Sportfish 25 with Cabin Carolina Sportfish 25 with Cabin by
[CX25] Identical to Carolina Sportfish 25 but with a cabin
7.63 m
8' 6"
2.59 m
- up to 400

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