Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-05-2019, 07:07   #1
Registered User
Kickin Bears's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Galesville, MD
Boat: Cape Dory 30C
Posts: 35
O’Day 322 HIN / Keel ?

Hey all ... about to travel this coming wknd for another round of boat exploration for possible purchase.

Skip to the bottom bold points for those that either already know / don’t care about our situation and goals

Quick recap for our near term goals, is we are looking for a sailor / bay cruiser trainer to use for the next 5-6yrs. We are lifelong boaters / houseboaters, used to staying on the water for 3+ weeks at a time, but motorboat exclusively. My wife and I plan on upgrading to a blue water capable boat (e.g. Island Packet) for a 6-12mo cruise through the Caribbean when the kids move out.

I do plan on taking my family across wide sections of the bay, and plan on dealing with weather on and off the hook (checking the weather of course to avoid sailing into known dangerous situations). This will not be a boat that stays in a marina as some sort of quasi-getaway-aprtment, nor will it be a boat that we take out on the bay for a couple of hours and return to the slip every time



We’re checking out a round of Sabres, and there’s an O’Day 322, well maintained, with HIN of STRSG060A787 nearby that we want to check out to gain more hands-on understanding of various boat models

1) I’m looking for a sanity check that this is hull 60 of the 322 production line. I am well aware of the production issues of boats post 100-ish and the keel bolts / layup issue

The owner has not done anything with the keel bolts / setup (i.e. no torque test, keel hasn’t been dropped, no test holes to confirm no water in keel, no SS plates to distribute the keel bolt load)

2) How critical is it to add a SS backing plate for the keel bolts? Any recommendations on “must take” steps to check quality of keel / keel bolts before considering this model?

Kickin Bears is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 08:16   #2
Registered User
Kickin Bears's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Galesville, MD
Boat: Cape Dory 30C
Posts: 35
Re: O’Day 322 HIN / Keel ?

Well .. I see a lot of views so figured I’d report back after viewing Sat.

Interior looked great, as expected. But ...

- bilge was full of dark brown water that smelled lime holding tank discharge
- could not see the keel bolts, nor the “fix” the current owner had done (which he could neither articulate what was done nor produce a receipt / sow for work completed)
- I did find deck delamin a number of places. Lots of obvious bedding issues with deck hardware that has been ignored ...
- broker wouldn’t start the engine b/c “a survey mentioned delamination, which canceled a sea trial for a buyer before us”. *** huh; I don’t get the association(???)

My wife and I couldn’t walk away fast enough. Lots more feedback on the bad vibes I can provide but I just don’t feel like tapping out any more letters on the topic.

At least my wife and I learned more about the O’Day line, brokers, and Chesapeake Bay owners...

Anyway, hope this helps someone.
Kickin Bears is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: 1989 322 O'Day $24,000 MrReedatsea Classifieds Archive 0 04-12-2016 03:03
Mexican TIP/HIN number checks if you have no HIN No. Triumphant General Sailing Forum 10 16-10-2015 18:45
O'Day 322 Wing, Catalina 30T WellDrinker Monohull Sailboats 0 28-04-2014 16:46
O'day 322 on the thorny/thornless path TheLifeOfRiley Monohull Sailboats 1 06-09-2013 10:22
For Sale: O'day 322 Sloop, Cruising Ready Macho Nacho Classifieds Archive 6 03-09-2013 10:39

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:02.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.