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O'Day 40
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Description: O'Day 40
Keywords: O'Day 40
 


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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sat December 7, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Medium displacement coastal cruiser/club racer. Sloop rig, large cockpit & roomy interior.
Nice traditional interior cabin with large aft cabin with athwartship berth.
Easily handled by one or two persons with lines led to cockpit. Good quality
construction. Sails pretty well in most conditons, can race competitively. Not much I would change
except to lower the swimstep in the transom to make boarding the dinghy a little
easier. Great boat for the money.
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Review Date: Sun February 9, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have owned the O'Day40 since Aug. 1994, and overall, we
are very happy with this boat. Especially with the main cabin
layout and aft cabin for privacy when taking along guests, as
aft cabin has an additional head & sink and 4 opening ports
for cross ventilation (this is a must for any aft cabin) needed for
those hot nights at anchor. Nice nav station w/storage under
neath & pull out swivel type seat (no back).
Cockpit has 2 full size lockers with all the exterior storage
you need and a large anchor locker. Cockpit seats are curved
instead of the conventional straight up & down; nice seat at the
helm, however, could be higher for 'us short people' trying to
oversee the bow. Cockpit floor is curved which makes water drain
off immediately upon entering the cockpit. Has both a swim
ladder & dinghy loading/unloading platform.
She sails well w/full batten main & 140 furling genoa and does
"NOT" have to take a back seat for many other boats her size.
You would have to see to believe, but, this is not a traditionally
built O'Day sailboat.

Weakness: Too small of holding tank for boat this size (have
replaced w/larger) and believe ice box should be insulated better
even though we have refrigeration.

It is a very comfortable cruiser and could be a good club racer.
This 40 is located on the Chesapeake Bay and is the 'second love'
of my life.


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Review Date: Sat November 1, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We bought an 86 leftover and had it for 10 years. It is a very well built boat with good sailing characteristics. A 145% genoa and full battened main make a good combination. The standard winches are a bit small and we upgraded them to Barlow 32 at the time. All lines can be run aft to the cockpit. The icebox needs more insulation (done) and we added a microwave and refrigeration (a must) as well as a battery charger and 90 AMP alternater. The Westerbeke 46 was rebuilt by Westerbeke (beware) as some engines had manifold problems and had compression problems.

Overall, we are quite satisfied with the boat. The interior is well laid out and quite livable. The exterior gelcoat is production quality but has held up well with a few coats of hard wax once/year.

We like the mast pulpit for safety, as well as the engine access, the galley layout and the cockpit lockers. A good value.
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Review Date: Sat August 22, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have enjoyed our O'Day 40 since 1993 when we sailed from Cal.,around the Baja, to the Pacific coast of Mexico and the Sea of Cortez where we live aboard 9 mos.a year .
Deva is tall rig, deep draft, set up for extended cruising up to 8 weeks for 2 until we need a water stop. An engine driven watermaker is on our wish list to accomodate far longer periods out in it.
She's a very fast, comfortable performance cruiser, capable of light air or heavy weather passages , comfortable and commodious below and on deck for extended times at anchor or dockside.
All lines led to the cockpit make her easy for one or two to handle with an underbody enhancing maneuverability both under sail or power. A sleek design that turns heads and is easy to keep "looking good" due to a clean gelcoat finish and strong hardware. We have added a radar/solar panel arch that also serves as a dingy davit. The swim step is great though a bit high for ease of boarding from a inflatable.
We added a 105 amp alternator,4 golf cart deep cycle house bank batteries to complement the 2 12 volt starter bank, and a smart regulator and monitor and much much more. A strong, agile beauty that's a real keeper.

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Review Date: Fri July 7, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Lavie is shoal draft and handles wonderfully. We're quite please with her and plan to move aboard full time in fall of 2000. Will be adding wind generator and solar panels. Have upgraded electrical. She sails well in heavy weather but not in winds of less than 6 Kts. Have had hull tefloned to protect from heat/sun. She's very livable and has good galley with work space. Salon is large enough not to feel cramped and aft cabin had queen berth which is very comfortable. Good storage space. Comfortable for another couple to cruise with us but would be crowded with more than 4 adults even though it sleeps 7. Aft cabin has head and pull down lav so gives us 1 1/2 baths. Great boat for a couple to handle. All that's been said about previous year models applies to this one. We have electra-san so don't have problem with holding tank
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