I can't offer much on the trailer except to remind you that trailers like this require a fair amount of annual maintenance
to not become a money
pit. The real way to evaluate this is to see what a marina would charge you to haul and block the boat for the winter. In New England
, we pay around $55 a foot to haul, pressure wash, block and launch in the spring.
As to the Oday 272, I have sailed extensively on one and next to one. I good friend had one for the last 3 years that he used for coastal cruising in Massachusetts
. I have been sailing next to this boat in winds up to 30 kts. It still stayed on its feet despite having the full main up and just a little headsail. Oday was way ahead of its time and except for the carpet on the walls and the ceiling, it is laid out like a modern boat. You will be shocked how spacious it feels compared to other 27 footers.
The price could be a little high, at least for around here. There is a carbon copy of that boat for sale here for around $10K and it has been for over a year. The price was recently reduced to just under $7K. My friend bought his for $4K and sold it for over $5K. He did put a new mainsail
and stackpack on it. He also cleaned it up quite a bit and got ride of some awful cigar/mildew odors.
The one concern that I noted on his was there it appear there were gaskets under the stanchions. This is a bad design move, IMO. Look to see if there are a lot of cracks near the stanchion bases. If there are, get someone to do some testing with a moisture meter before you buy it. Also, look up bedding hardware
with butyl tape. This would be something you would want to do.
As far as this boat for a beginner, you couldn't get a better boat. Shallow draft
, very easy to sail and all lines are lead back to the cockpit
The only comfort item I would point out is that the wheel
is very close to the stern. You will not be able to sit behind the wheel
and if you are a bigger person it will be tough to stand behind it.