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O'Day 25
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Description: O'Day 25
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu October 31, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Keel/Centerboard design with a Westerbeke 7hp inboard. Lots of cabin space, deck and freeboard. A great weekend cruiser. Easy to handle at all points of sail but has a tendency to hunt in heavy wind. Although she is almost 20 years old, I wouldn't trade for anything on the market today.
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Review Date: Fri November 1, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Roomy layout, lots of freeboard and a big boat feel in a trailerable. Easy to rig and sail. Plenty of room for two for a month or more. It has a bigger than 25" feel to it when in heavy seas. Overall, I haven't found another in it's size range that can outdo this boat and when I upsize in the future, it will probably be another O'Day


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Review Date: Wed January 22, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Loved the boat; Well constructed; a very large 25; a comfortable, responsive cruiser-- not fast,but not a dog. Models in the late 70's and later benefitted from long continuous model improvements
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Review Date: Sat March 22, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Shoal draft,centerboard designed sloop. Turns on a dime, very easy to manuver,comeabouts are very easy. Solid boat. I love it. It is a great family boat. It's biggest weakness is the poor interior use of space, especially under the cockpit area. Galley could use a larger sink. Cabin could have more lighting. I Highly recommend it.
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Review Date: Sat June 14, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Swing keel is ideal for lake boating. Easy to sail alone.
Sturdily built.Very stable in strong winds. Wish I could find an owner's manual.


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Review Date: Tue July 15, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A good solid, roomy design that stands up to newer models. I installed a kick-up rudder which allows us to beach the boat backwards, handy getting on/off. It tends to be a bit tender in stronger winds, and doesn't point too well in club racing, however outperforms on a run. I give it a 7.5 out of 10
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Review Date: Sun February 22, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A well built, roomy, first cruiser for 2 to 4 persons. The boat is not a fast design and the stump keel does not allow the boat to point very high, however its not a dog and is fairly stiff and stable. Other improvements I have added include an inboard diesel, 150 genoa, full cockpit enclosure, more interior lights and a solid wood rudder. The boat is easy to rig (hinged mast), but is heavy (4500lbs.) and one requires a very large truck or van to realistically trailor it.
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Review Date: Wed June 23, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased boat last fall, roomy cabin, steering wheel conversion, have sailed it a bit in the fall and quite a lot this season. Love the way she handles and love the set up of the cabin, easy to sail, very user friendly
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Review Date: Tue June 29, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great family cruiser, strong boat.
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Review Date: Thu September 16, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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STRENGHTS: shallow draft, transportable, stable, roomy for it's size, good deck space for walking fwd and aft, well built for it's class, a relatively 'dry' boat.WEAKNESS: No anchor or fuel locker, outboad cavitates in rough seas while motoring into the wind (TYPICAL of O/B SAILBOATS), tracks & points fair, and tends to sail at anchor.Overall I am very safisifed w/ my O'day 25 and would chose another one if purchasing from the same class. She is very fast on a broad or beam reach.
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Registered: December 2003
Review Date: Fri November 28, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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One of the most solid well designed boats in its class. Sails great in most conditions. Have planed at 8.5-9 knots in a 20 knot wind on the open Atlantic. I like the interior... and actually liveaboard, however I would like an extra 2-3" in the V-berth. I have a short-shaft merc... this boat needs a long shaft outboard! I wish I had the fin keel, my CB bangs around in port. Overall great boat for the size.
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Review Date: Thu February 23, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great Lake boat
Cons: A bit tender in high winds

Great Lake boat with C/B. Able to gunkhole anywhere. Big enough to do overnights or weekends but small enough to sail with one hand on tiller and the other on the main sheet, just like a soleing. In 15 + know winds this is a joy to sail, but is a bit tender and you have to pay attention. Interior is big enough to spend time in if the weather should turn foul. Have a 9.8 long shaft outboard and after some "mounting tweeks" on a 15" raisable motor mount is easy to raise and lower getting it completely out of the water for sailing, but deep enough not to cavitate beating into swells. Boat is well built and is in-expensive to own.
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smokedbluefish
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Registered: October 2007
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Review Date: Fri October 5, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great teaching boat, handles well, feels like home
Cons: Shoal draft/swing keel tends to slide in heavy winds, fat beam and sturdy tiller make it easy to correct in following sea

Beautiful boat, easy to maintain, makes you not want to go home on Sunday Night!!
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UncleBill
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Registered: February 2003
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Review Date: Tue May 13, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Can single hand her.
Cons: Had to have the rudder repaired after 27 years.

1980 O'day 25, CB, tall rig, 1973 9.9 Johnson on Lake Ontario. Easy to maintain. Comes with a great PHRF rating. Crew of 2 bodies is all you need for the GO fleet. Took 3 Firsts (long distance) and 3 seconds (course racing) last year (2007) in various regattas (GO Fleet). Original sails and rigging. Parts are available, but have not had to order any. Had her since she came out of the mold and absolutely in love. Wife always wanted a bigger boat, but she doesn't crew well and I am pretty poor at running a crew. Problem is, she (the boat and probably the wife too) will last a lot longer than I will?:** Great starter boat and a keeper too (both of them)!!! Enjoy gorbal warning while we have it...extends the season yano.........

Buckshot aka Goofy
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Registered: August 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 11
Review Date: Fri August 17, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $6,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good Looks, Price, Room, and Construction
Cons: Factory rigging is sparse

I've had this boat for 5 years and I've done the following upgrades:
*Brought all lines that easily could aft to the cockpit. Installed rope clutches and winch. Also installed a mast plate (block organizer) and deck organizer.
*Long shaft 9.9 OB with electric start.
*Knot meter (digital)
*Marine grade FM radio that takes my iPod.
*Improved setup for out-haul and cunningham.
Next on the project list are a new main sheet traveler (the factory one is a joke), and tracks for the jib sheet block. I wonder why this boat did not come with an adjustable jib sheet block. I love the room inside, and the spacious cockpit. Lots of storage space, and great view forward from inside the cockpit.
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