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Old 30-07-2010, 13:28   #16
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Thank you very much for the input, I am starting to narrow down a bit.
The ODay has a lot o mixed reviews, but I guess it' a matter of preference.
I do have to keep in consideration that it was built under Janneau license.
I am leaning towards Beneteau, O'Day and a Hunter Legend 40
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Old 30-07-2010, 13:39   #17
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Hi, My understanding is that Bangor Punta Marine made the O'Days as a light weight entry level hull for day and weekend coastal sailing...

You may need to really check the individual models...
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I will do that
thank you very much
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Old 20-08-2010, 22:10   #19
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O'Day 40 feedback

I owned an 86' O'day 40 for 9 years (bought new) and sailed it all over the New England coast. It was a fast boat but tended to pound in a chop like other flat bottom, fin keel boats. It was reasonably well made for a production boat (made in Fall River, Ma) but I'll share the following with you

1. Contrary to the prior note the 40 had two heads. The aft cabin had a drop down sink and head under a settee on the starboard side

2. The aft berth was athwartships and fine at the dock but in a rolly anchorage could be a bit strange

3. The hull and deck are balsa cored so make sure any added hardware was properly bedded and had adequately sized backing plates. It had a headliner so many people did this.

4. The 40 had two hull ports on each side and the reverse transom. The 39 had a straight transom and only one hull window each side.

5. If it had a Westerbeke 46 ask for a compression test. There was a bad run of manifolds on these engines and Westerbeke decently paid for our engine to be rebuilt

6. Its a headsail driven boat so make sure the genoa is in good shape

7. The insulation on the icebox lid left a lot to be desired. Spent a lot of time improving this

Practical sailor has a good review of the boat on their web site. Let me know if you have any questions.

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