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Old 18-09-2012, 13:21   #1
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ODay 25 Trailer Sailer

I haven't seen many recommendations concerning this boat as a potential entry level trailer sailer.

Are there any members out there that have owned or sailed these boats that can give a review good or bad?

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Old 19-09-2012, 04:02   #2
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Re: ODay 25 Trailer Sailer

I've owned and sailed an O'Day 25. Mine was a 1975. I rebuilt the decks and thought it was a solid and fun entry boat. It has lousy up wind performance, but perhaps a better sailor could get more from it than I did. I totally enjoyed mine. That said, putting up the mast was a chore. I got a mooring so I wouldn't have to go through the ordeal but once a year. One thing I liked was that after I was finished fixing it up, I had DUST in the bilge. That's how tight this boat can be. Hope this helps.
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Old 19-09-2012, 05:50   #3
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Re: ODay 25 Trailer Sailer

I owned one loved it, the shallow draft (center board)allowed me to go places I will never be able to go again!well in the dingy, and with the trailer and ease of loading I went many more places than I would have if it had been a full keel and with the PHRF#s I won a lot of races .Very simple no frills boat and I now realize most of my time on it was sailing not working on it!!!! Mine had a bridle that connected to the boom and used the main sheet to raise the mast. Down side, the rudder has a deeper draft than the keel so I learned to leave the center board down some as an early warning system
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Old 19-09-2012, 07:14   #4
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I haven't seen many recommendations concerning this boat as a potential entry level trailer sailer.

Are there any members out there that have owned or sailed these boats that can give a review good or bad?

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I own a '77 20 and so far so good. I'm a noob so don't know what I don't know yet. It gets me wet and is teaching me to sail. What else can a noob like me want?
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Old 19-09-2012, 07:27   #5
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Re: ODay 25 Trailer Sailer

I have owned a '81 25' O'day. Loved it. Did a lot of lake sailing and Gulf sailing. The last trip I took was from Destin fl to Sarasota, Fl with many side trips. Reached 11 knots on a reach , awesome trip. I now have her for sale, since I have moved up to an Island Pcket 31'.
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Old 19-09-2012, 08:35   #6
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Re: ODay 25 Trailer Sailer

Here's one on Craig's List, though it might take a while to sail it to Hawaii.

25' O-Day Sailboat
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Old 19-09-2012, 12:35   #7
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Re: ODay 25 Trailer Sailer

TomandAnita,

Were the decks cored and needed rebuilding?

How's the hull to deck join on them?

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Old 19-09-2012, 12:36   #8
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Re: ODay 25 Trailer Sailer

Steve W,

I noticed no price was mentioned. If that happens on craigslist then I know they are asking way too much.

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Old 19-09-2012, 12:39   #9
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The ad says $2000....
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Old 19-09-2012, 16:23   #10
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Re: ODay 25 Trailer Sailer

Ravenblood,

Good grief. How'd I miss that? Very inexpensive indeed especially for a boat with a trailer.
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Old 22-09-2012, 01:43   #11
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Hey SkiperJohn, Yes, the decks were soft. Any boat thirty years old, even well maintained ones, will have soft decks if the owner did not totally re-bed all the deck hardware every ten years or so. The hull to deck joint was solid. No leaking there. I cannot speak for the newer boats, but my '75 was built like a brick. I had some stress about her strength before I had it on the water but that went away the first time I took her out. Winds were in the low 20's with gusts to 28. Waves were 6 to 8 feet. Exciting for a first sail ! The boat did just fine. I did rebuild the decks completely. Took a year and was quite interesting, but not an easy job.
It is for sale too. I sold jt and the guy never moved it. Just put a new name on it and abandoned it. $1500 with trailer, if anyone near Maine wants her.
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Old 22-09-2012, 12:21   #12
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Re: ODay 25 Trailer Sailer

Wish I was near Maine except winter is approaching.

Thanks for the information.

Yes, replacing decks on my 42 right now. It is not a pleasant job.

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I'd take one.
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