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O'Day 23
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Description: O'Day 23
Keywords: O'Day 23
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri February 13, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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O'Day swing keel, trailered and moored. Sailed central Maine coast. Boat wass rigged with CDI FF2 furler with a 150% Genoa and spinnaker gear.

Good, solid boat but tender at first but stiffened up as heal increases. No problems beyond routine maintenance stuff.
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Review Date: Thu September 24, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have only owned this boat for two weeks, but my wife and I love it. We also have a 1970 19' Mariner 2+2 that we learned on and have owned for 4 years. She is a good first boat. We also crew for a friend on a 272 which is our goal boat at this point in our lives. We have nothing but good things to say about all our O'Day experiences.
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Review Date: Thu June 10, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Big 23 ft cruising boat. My first big boat. This boat seems to keep her composure well. Fairly stiff sailing boat. Less tender than ODay 240. Seems well built. I added CDI rollerfurling. Strengths: Easy boat to sail. Best centerboard in the business. Can be lowered or raised with one hand. High freeboard-very secure feeling boat. Light helm.Weaknesses: Does not point well. Fiberglass headliner must be cut to access deck hardware. This is definitely no fun.Overall satisfaction: high-good first boat.
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Wed July 19, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The O'day 23 is one of the roomiest boats for it's size around. It has more room and storage than sone 25's and even a few 27's. In its original configuration it is a tender boat that does not like alot of wind. Taking tips from similar size racing boats greatly improves this boats ability to sail especially to weather. I added a windward traveller, changed sheeting angles, added an adjustable back stay, added an internal 6to1 outhaul, cunninghams for jib and main, purchased very flat sails, and added 500lbs of lead to the keel and the boat really came to life and would sail in the high winds commonly found in the SF bay. Sounds like alot of money and work but I fell in love with the boats size and room. The boat is very well made and easy to work on. The only flaw that the boat has is a very weakly designed rudder and inadequate pintles and gudgeons. My rudder failed when the tiller through bolt parted from the top of the rudder. I had to rebuild my rudder which included cutting it open and recoring it with wood in leiu of foam and reconstructing the top half of the rudder. I owned the boat for over six years and recently sold the boat to buy a 30 footer. Overall a very pleasurable experiance.
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Review Date: Sun May 20, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $3,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very well made
Cons: Deck fittings

A very well made boat. Very roomy for a 23. The first year I owned her I made a new tiller head, one piece that lowered the rudder bolt and inch and a sixteenth, that keeps it fron contactine the transom when hard over.
My only negative comment is that the deck hardware is poorly mounted. I just rebeded the bow pulpit. I am a machinist by trade and made four stainless disks, drilled and tapped to replace the factory nuts. The mast light wire arrangment let water in and rotted the core around it. Next year I will open up the deck to repair this. I also had soft spots around the chainplates, which was the fault of the previous owner. That I repared last year. Few repairs for a 23 year old boat. I don't race and this boat is a nice little cruiser.
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Registered: March 2013
Location: lehigh valley,pa
Posts: 18
Review Date: Fri September 20, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,750.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: solid, easy to learn on
Cons: through deck fittings, stanchions

1979 oday 23, as mentioned above, poor through deck work, leaving me with the repair and re bedding of everything.
Really, for a 34 year old boat, I have no complaints.
Stanchions are very weak and the base plates bend easily, so I just removed to re bed, and have at them with a hammer quickly back to flat and back on.
Not a fan of the main sheet arrangement , would much prefer a traveler, that's about all I have on my shortlist right now.
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