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O'Day 222
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Description: O'Day 222
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Review Date: Wed January 29, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Design: Monohaul with a swing keel

Strengths: A VERY solid boat. Can take a licking and keep on ticking. The hardware is very sturdy and can withstand a great deal of abuse without failure.

Weaknesses: Doesn't sail as close on the wind as I'd like. The forestay does not reach to the top of the mast thus limiting the size of foresail used.

Overall Satisfaction: Would buy it again... and again... and again... love it.
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Review Date: Tue March 11, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat is at the end of a major rebuild (not refit). If you are interested in where to go find what, how it worked (or didn't), who to talk to (and who not to), I've done it and am drinking more beer for it! Questions about West System, JSI Marine, D&R Marine, hull construction, etc. - feel free to drop me a line! I've already spent the $, you might as well call...
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Review Date: Sat June 13, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am new to monohull sailing and am thoroughly enjoying my O'day 222. I receive compliments from many experienced monohull sailors on my choice of a first boat. I am eager to hear tips and pointers on this boat and just general chat.
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Review Date: Sun November 15, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A very well built craft. Fun family starter boat. A 222 has been sucessfully campaigned in S.F.bay. simle to rig & trailer. comfortable in a breeze. Chainplates need to be strengthened by adding additional attaching points. kick-up rudder and swing keel let you bring it in to calf depth at the shore. Really flys with an added cruising spin.
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Review Date: Tue July 13, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is our first sailboat and has proven itself a real gem. Reported to be only 131 made, the Oday 222 is a 7/8's rig, keel / centerboard design allowing a flat cabin sole (teak and holly, no less).

Perhaps the best feature of all: build quality. Solid backing plates abound at EVERY fitting including the motor mount. Thru bolted deck / hull joint. A "baby furler" from Schaeffer Inc. is standard equipment from the factory. This furling unit is independent of the forestay and, contrary to popular belief, is reefable. Inside she has a forward V berth, and comfortable sitting headroom with extra wide (deep) seating. Also has fully carpeted headliner and inner hull which makes her quiet and a bit fancy for a boat this size.

The 222 handles well under power and sail and especially shines at about 10-12 degrees heel pointing to windward, but also is known for downwind capability with the centerboard raised and spinnaker out. Do not mistake her sailing manner with the slower and heavier Oday 23. The 222 does need to be reefed early. Although, when in heavy air, I instead generally sail under the 110% genoa alone.

Her weakest points are the lack of anchor locker up front (I really wish she had one), a lack of a full stern rail, and the smallish lazarette for storage. The latter is due to the enormous cabin storage extending well under the cockpit.

This boat has exceeded our expectations from the word go and I would buy her all over again in an instant. The boat recieves compliments from many sailors each time we launch "Schipperke". We often hear, "What is that, must be about 26 feet?" Feel free to contact me with questions.


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Review Date: Sat July 24, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am really shocked to hear how satisfied people are with this boat. There are numerous design errors and I have heard of many manufacturing errors (one on my boat).
The 222 is about the prettiest 22 foot boat that I have seen and it sails very well. The deck on my boat has soft
spots and will need an expensive repair job. If you are in the market for a 22 foot boat, buy a Catalina!!! If you need more info about the frustrating problems with this boat let me know.
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Review Date: Wed January 26, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is our first sailboat and it has really proven itself quite a gem.

This is a keel/centerboard drawing 20 inches. Its a 7/8th rig with a standard mini furler by Scheafer. Everyone claims to have trouble with it but after replacing my furling line with Yale Pulse line, it performs flawlessly. Also of note are the inboard shrouds and genoa tracks for windward ability.

She sails and points well and seems especially stiff after 15 degrees. I have no problem manuevering her with the transom hung spade rudder / tiller.

Auxiliary power is a Honda 9.9 4 stroke and is grossly overpowered for this size boat but the alternator takes real care of the battery. One really nice feature is the molded in fuel storage in the starboard cockpit. Its amazing how few boats have this feature.

It has a fully carpeted interior hull (quiet), pressure water system, terrific storage, a teak and holly sole, and a permanent stove/sink area to starboard aft of the bulkhead. Best of all, all berths are BIG.

She does have her compromises: Lack of a mainsheet traveler and lack of true stern rails.

As far as quality goes, I have yet to see any leaks, chalking, stress cracks, of soft areas anywhere. Everything is bristol. Lear Seigler used backing plates on all hardware (the motor mount has 1 1/4 inch plywood backing!) and acorn nuts in the cabin.

Overall I am very pleased and haven't seen better 22 footer for my uses. If you want a good boat both in and out, you really should check this one out. I would buy her again and again. Check out the Oday website for info:
http://home.att.net/~oday/oday222b.htm
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Review Date: Mon May 19, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Ms Pelican and I are at the beginning of our fourth season.
I have made numerous improvements to the boat but the overall quality and "fun factor" still
is evident. This is a great family cruiser or first boat. I am ready to move up to something in the 30' range but I will never be sorry that I bought the 222.
I sail on the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay in NJ. Last summer I went off for a week into NY Harbor, the East River and Long Island Sound. It was a bit tight, but doable. The berths are large so sleeping was a pleasure.
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Registered: June 2001
Review Date: Sun June 1, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We love the boat. We've sailed our boat four summers on Saratoga Lake, NY. Generally day trips -sail, picnic & swim, with four adults and two children (2 to 6 yr.). With kids aboard the port-a-potti comes in handy. The v-birth is a great play pen for the younger children. Putting in and taking out of the water can be done most anywhere due to the boat's shallow draw with the center board retracted. Raising and lowering the mast is also simple with two adults.

The boat sails well in light to moderate winds, generally as fast or faster than similar sized boats. I have had the boat out with a friend in 30 plus knot winds. With only a reefed main sail the boat would get knocked down in the gusts, but no water came in the cockpit. (Due to the relatively small size of our lake, wave action is never significant.)
I’ve been reading Jerry Cardwell’s “Sailing Big on a Small Sailboat” and although he never mentions the O’Day 22 or 222 almost all of his recommendations for selecting a good trialerable sailboat are incorporated into the O’Day 222.
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