We are exceptionally close to putting a survey
contingent offer in on a 1988 O'day 40 shoal draft
. Its as close to turn key a boat
at 30k you will find, water
maker needs a new membrane, and the windgen needs a bearing, its otherwise cruise
equiped and ready to go, has solar
, 56hp yanmar
only 750 hours, good sales, roller furling
on the job, great interior
seems excellent, etc etc.
1) The O'day 39/40 is unquestionably a coastal cruiser only, any possible plans of circumnavigation
or ocean crossings are pretty much out of the question. Soo, I ask the member
familiar with the boat
and its design, do you feel it is acceptable vessel for the east coast
? Presuming of course cautious sailors with no time constraints will to take the routes that weather
: This is the shoal draft
version spade hung rudder
. The rudder
appears from the diagrams I've seen to hang nearly as low as the keel
. Being we will be based out of the keys, and heading to the bahamas
in a year or so, I'm concerned that setup will react poorly to a grounding. Is there any modifications that we could have done while the boat is layed up to reinforce or mitigate this potential problem?
3) Any random thoughts or insights into this boat that you think I should know?
Thank you for all assistance!
PS. For those of you who always take the time to advise all the people who "someday" plan to sell the house and sail off into the sunset, when you know 99% of the time they will never actually make the jump, we started with the idea 3 months ago, and with huge amounts of research
, a good realtor and some luck, we are actually heading off in two weeks barring a poor survey! Terrifying and exciting!