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O'Day 28
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Description: O'Day 28
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sun December 1, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Overall good boat. Beamy, stiff in a breeze. some deck hardware leaks. Some weather deck delamination. Centerboard stuck-Oysters. Window in fore hatch-broke it. added H/C pressure system and suond proofing. Hull is in good shape minimal gel coat blistering. More room than most 30 footers. I'm very satisfied with this boat so is the family.
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Review Date: Fri January 3, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A great entry-level cruiser/racer with 6'+ headroom. Light and airy below with lots of room. Needs a big genoa (better with cruising spin) for light air. Hull is solid glass-blistering, if any, is cosmetic (between gelcoat and glass) and easily repaired. Great engine access. Don't turn your nose up at the OMC gasoline engine. Safe, and *Lots of power*, Be careful of delamination at pulpit bases. I've been very happy with this boat. I will miss her.


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Review Date: Mon February 24, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Open airy cabin. Somewhat stiff. Considering a drifter. Has 1511 11hp Universal Diesel. Has H/C press. water, shower. Overall construction simple, elegant. Great lines. Design and location of holding tank under V-berth inefficient. Very comfortable, poor storage in initial design, not too difficult to make improvements. Has a slight list to port even with 25 gal. starboard water tank full. Considering 55 gal flexible tank. Isomat mast with odd profile difficult to keep water out, poured Spar-Tite in-easier that I thought, keeps out most of the water. Also installed drain elbow and hose/pump arrangement in bottom of oil pan for easy and COMPLETE oil change.








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Review Date: Sun March 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Standard O'Day 28 Centerboard. 11hp Universal/Atomic Diesel. Sail Jan Juan Islands, WA.
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Registered: May 2000
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Review Date: Sun September 21, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am the original owner and have raced and cruised the boat for 15 seasons. It is tiller version with Harkin roller furling. Although set up for cruising, my O-28 has been very competitive as a club racer. I'm very satisfied with it's construction and handling. I was involved with O'Day sales and consider myself well informed about the complete O'Day line.











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Review Date: Fri November 20, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Boat has an iron keel that is not bolted to the hull but is a molded part of the hull so adding depth to the draft (4' 8") would be difficult. The 1982 model has a strong diesel engine that is raw water cooled and will drive the boat at 7 knots with a clean prop. Overall it has very pleasing lines and I am always attracted to the O'Day line of boats. I have raced the boat under PHRF in a fairly competitive group and it consistently does poorly. Ultimately this is a great cruising boat with lots of interior space and a fairly strong sail plan. What it is not is a cruiser/racer. It has too much beam and too much weight and not enough draft. It is a very strong coastal cruiser or lake or bay boat. I have taken knock downs with this boat under full mylar kevlar main and 155% mylar genoa in 28 knots. It is one tough boat. It has an interior liner that makes finding and repairing leaks a little difficult and since it has a wood (balsa and plywood) cored deck leaks need to be addressed quickly or rot will become a problem. Overall for the price (around $14 to $16K) with pedestal steering and an inboard diesel engine it's a substantial amount of boat for the money, and a great family cruiser.








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Review Date: Sun February 21, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A great roomy boat. I've extenively upgraded, With Volvo Sail; drive
Sloop Rig
10'6 beam, Lots of room


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Review Date: Sat October 30, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We purchased the boat 6 months ago from the original owner and have replaced most of the teak. The boat is laid out better then any other 30' plus boat we looked at. We sail on Lake Texoma and found the boat to be a great in heavy air. One problem we found was the bilge system. The aft section of the boat i.e., under the engine, will trap water and unless you install a extra pump engine bilge water will get on the main cabin floor when the boat is heeled over.
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chaos5
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Mon July 3, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My O'Day 28 has been a spacious, comfortable sailing vessel. It has handled well the short, steep chop and frequent 25 knot winds in the lower Columbia River. The Zephyr OMC saildrive has performed flawlessly. Control is good under power. The primary winches are way undersized and the sail area a bit too small. I have been refurbishing the boat and am both surprised and apalled at how poor the 'craftsmanship' has been beneath the surface as it were. Sloppy glass taping of the floor/settee pan at the hull resulting in huge bubbles and sharp edges of protruding glass fibers. There are a large number of stress cracks in the gel coat as the boat appears to have been too thin and flexible in key areas around the cockpit floor, seating area, and in the area of the deck overlap of the hull side. The hull/deck joint leaked like a sieve and was 'held together' by pop rivets and screws. The starboard bulkhead had popped loose under normal use and the head door would not close as the doorway was no longer parallel. The molded V-berth access panel was only one foot by two feet rendering the area useless. The wiring was crude and sloppy. I have had no blister problems on the bottom. All of the deck hardware bedded with no filler or compression sleeves in the foam core deck. In the short chop of the river, the hull oilcans forward. All in all, somewhat cheaply built, not thick enough glass in critical areas above the waterline, but a decent sail and comfy boat both on the river and offshore with some modifications and reinforcements.
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maestro
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Registered: May 2002
Posts: 216
Review Date: Tue January 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: stiff in a blow (she kept me safe in 50 kt. microburst)
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Deep Keel (4'8" OMC Saildrive. Don't be afraid of the saildrive. It runs very well (although it is a gas guzzler!!) and is easy to work on. Sails great in 10-15 kts. and there is more than enough room for 2. Solid built boat that can be easily upgraded for better sail handling. Needs a big genny in light air. I just purchased a 155% tri radial. Let's see if that helps.
Great family coastal cruiser. Can be club raced (and sail her phrf number or better if you have good sails and good crew).
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gman0047
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Registered: April 2000
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Review Date: Mon October 20, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sailing ability, silhouette, stable
Cons: Don't like the carpet on the walls which tend to mildew.

Have had the boat a couple seasons now so feel confident I know her well. I love her lines and consider her one of the best looking 28 footers there is. She is easy to handle single handed as long as the wind is less then 15 knots. I have tiller steering and get a good feel through it. She points well into the wind and runs well off it with a genoa. The rig seems strong except for the traveller which seems undersized. The deck is clear going forward except for having to swing around the shrouds. I've rebedded the ports and she now is more water-tight then at first. I have an 8hp Yanmar which seems to be reliable but the engine area is full of soot. It started easily after being left from Dec. to Mar. The deck seems solid with no soft spots. The hull has some blistering but she has been in a fresh water Lake for 25 years without having the bottom redone so I think this can be expected.

My previous boat was a Catalina 270 and the O'day sails better but the Cat had a great engine in the Perkins 3 cylinder. Overall I like the O'Day better though for it's sailing abilities.
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derfus
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Registered: January 2011
Posts: 3
Review Date: Thu February 3, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $15.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Large cabin, Larger than most 30 footers, Good looking
Cons: Topside gelcoat cracks, eazy fix

Good boat for a family, Easy to sail, Stiff in a wind, rides well, roomy cabin for a six footer. slide out bunk on the port side makes a great bed. This is my third sailboat and I wish they still made them. A lot of boat for the money.
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