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Old 07-05-2011, 15:14   #1
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Exclamation O'Day 23 Bluewater Sailable ?

Greetings,

I found a great deal on an O'Day 23 with a new Yamaha outboard. Problem is, the boat is located in Florida and I'm located in Maryland. I'm thinking about taking the month of June sail it from Florida up the coast to Annapolis but the question I have for you is 1. Is that insane in this boat and 2. If not, what should I know?

I can't find a whole lot about these boats online...especially pictures of the interior. The big question is galley and head...does it have either?

I'm waiting on pictures of the boat, but according to the owner, it only needs some cosmetic work and is sailable.

Please let me know what you think!
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Old 07-05-2011, 15:17   #2
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Re: O'Day 23 blue water sailable??

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You don't want to hit any storms with it. It is a lightly rigged boat with a swing keel. It looks like a good day sailor or weekend sailor.

I would be more inclined to try to rent or borrow a trailer and tow it home. That would be the safest thing to do.
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Re: O'Day 23 blue water sailable??

Your best bet would be to take her up the ICW and then break her in on the Chesapeake Bay. The waters off-shore around Cape Fear and Hatteras are always a big concern if the weather goes bad. Regardless, keep a close eye on the weather. Even the Pamlico Sound could give the O'day a run for her money.
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Old 07-05-2011, 15:33   #4
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Re: O'Day 23 blue water sailable??

Thanks for the quick replies. After reading a little more about the O'Day 23 I've come to the same conclusions. That being said, if anyone in the Florida area is looking for an O'Day for $550...

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Old 07-05-2011, 15:54   #5
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Re: O'Day 23 blue water sailable??

I met a French Canadian gent in Cuba that sailed a 24' something or other from the ABC's. I also met a gent from France in the TCI's that singlehanded an 24' steel hulled boat from France. So why not
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Re: O'Day 23 Bluewater Sailable ?

It's not the length of the boat that worries me, its the keel set up, rigging, etc.
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Re: O'Day 23 Bluewater Sailable ?

my first sailboat was an oday 23. sweet sailing boat with a 150 jib in 12 knots of wind. 3 foot draft. swing keel. coastal jumps would be possible. we had a trailer for it. no headroom.
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Old 07-05-2011, 21:53   #8
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Take the motor and give the boat to charity and write it off = free motor.
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Re: O'Day 23 Bluewater Sailable ?

The O'Day line was Bangor Punta Marine's low end entry line made for day sailing and weekending. Just the generally light construction would not make it a good candidate for off shore work. I think the centerboard configuration means the keel is shortened and the displacement is low. None of which is good for heavy weather or big water.

The Cal line (Lathrop designs) were the heavier stiffer racer/cruiser line made by Bangor Punta. While not strictly considered blue water boats because of the fin keel and spade rudder, they have been successfully circumnavigated on.

And the interior depends if it's the poptop version or not...
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Re: O'Day 23 Bluewater Sailable ?

In itís heyday, Bangor Punta had the market covered like a blanket.
They had "O'Day boats, which essentially covered the low-ticket end of the market. They had Cal boats, with an overlap at the bottom end, that covered the medium-ticket end of the market. And they had Ranger Yachts, with some overlap, covering the high-ticket segment of the market.
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Old 02-11-2011, 20:54   #11
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The O'Day line was Bangor Punta Marine's low end entry line made for day sailing and weekending. Just the generally light construction would not make it a good candidate for off shore work. I think the centerboard configuration means the keel is shortened and the displacement is low. None of which is good for heavy weather or big water.

The Cal line (Lathrop designs) were the heavier stiffer racer/cruiser line made by Bangor Punta. While not strictly considered blue water boats because of the fin keel and spade rudder, they have been successfully circumnavigated on.

And the interior depends if it's the poptop version or not...
The Oday 23 is NOT a light construction boat. Actually, similar boats from Cal were much lighter. The second version of the Oday 23 was almost 3500 lbs. The Cal 22 and Cal 24 displace 2100 and 3700 lbs. respectively. There are a host of trailerable boats in the 23 foot range - most are significantly lighter than the Oday 23 (Paceship 23 @ 2400 lbs for example). Additionally, the rigging on an Oday 23 is fairly stout for its modest original price. In fact, the mast weighs in at 70lbs - 10 lbs more than the Oday 25. Although the Cals are fine boats, they are generally more oriented towards speed and can be quite tender like other trailerable class boats. The smaller Odays are no less "blue water" worthy than the smaller Cals.
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Re: O'Day 23 Bluewater Sailable ?

Having owned and sailed the O'Day 23 for years it is a perfectly fine boat to sail up the coast from Florida to Maine if desired. I wouldn't go deep blue but staying within 5 miles of shore is a non issue. Even better is to stay within cellphone range.....
The boat doesn't care if you're 4 mikes off of Jacksonville FL or Cape May NJ. That said, they need a good inspection prior to purchase and a good shakedown cruise prior to long trips.
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Re: O'Day 23 Bluewater Sailable ?

Just about anything is good for offshore. Just check the weather first.
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Re: O'Day 23 Bluewater Sailable ?

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Just about anything is good for offshore. Just check the weather first.
So, when you are offshore, say 500 miles, and you check the weather, and it is turning to crap, what do you do in an inadequate boat?

Cavalier advice such as this should perhaps be modified to reflect coastal usage, not offshore.

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Re: O'Day 23 Bluewater Sailable ?

Apparition hasn't posted since 2011. Might be worth checking into his/her whereabouts before heading offshore in such a craft. Granted, I'm no pro on the O'Day boats.
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