Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






 Not a Member? 



Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » O - Boats starting with 'O' » O'Day
more
more

Previous Product    Next Product
O'Day Widgeon
Reviews Views Date of last review
3 2881 Tue April 13, 1999
spacer
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers None indicated None indicated












Description: O'Day Widgeon
Keywords: O'Day Widgeon
 


Author
administrator

Administrator

Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed December 31, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The O'day Widgeon is a 12' sloop rigged 600lb monohull. It is made of high quality fiberglass with an excellent gel-coat that after 25 yrs of exposure to the elements can be brought up with a little wax. The boat was made by O'day during it's heyday and is now being made by a small Massachusetts concern that bought the rights to the O'day name and a few of the old molds. There have been over 5000 Widgeons made over the yrs. It has almost a plumb bow and a very traditional look to the rather heavy hull. It is a small boat that you sit in rather than on and you can take a friend or two, a lunch and go for a very inexpensive sail. It will take a small outboard, I got a deal on a 3 1/2 hp British Seagull(copper gas tank, thank you) and it fits right on the stern of the Widg. I had to do some glass work around the centerboard trunk. A common problem on centerboard trunks. Okay so how does it sail. Well it sails great. I would advise against racing Force 5s or Lasers. But you don't sail with your arse in the h2o either. Trade-offs. It was sold in droves as a trainer. A greater trainer I cannot think of. It is an all around great little boat, with standard downhall, out-hall, adjustments and not much else. Some boats have a storage comartment in the bow. Mine is solid glass. Set up time is about 20mins. and it is no strain.
Here is the best part. Cheap. You can find a great little boat for about $400. You could not buy the material for that. It works out to about $ .62 per pound. New sails, are hold on $325 main and jib. We are talking low budget here. And thats why I'm the Commodor of the Poverty Yacht Club, Palm City, Florida. Find one, buy one, sail it and take a pb&j sandwich with you and I guarantee your having as good or better time as the guy in the Swan 42.......believe me I've been both places and I'm having more fun with my fleet of low budget boats than ever before. Smooth Sailing
This user is offline
Click here to see this users profile Click here to Send this user a Private Message Find more posts by this user  
placey
Junior Member

Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Thu August 6, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

new owner
This user is offline
Click here to see this users profile Click here to Send this user a Private Message Find more posts by this user  
rjohnson
Member

Registered: July 2000
Location: Plainville, MA
Posts: 36
Review Date: Tue April 13, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Rig: sloop (main & jib), centerboard, kick-up rudder,
non self-bailing cockpit,
I'm not really sure whether I had a 1968 or a 1969 model, but I really enjoyed this boat! My Widgeon was the older version with the wooden seats in the cockpit, these were painted when I bought the boat, but over the first winter I stripped the remaining paint off and stained and varnished the mahogany. This really dressed up the boat! I had a spinnaker that came with my boat and found that with practice I could even set/douse it when singlehanded! This is a very good sailboat to learn to sail in, just remember to always sail with the mainsheet in your hand! You can use the camcleat provided, but should always be ready to ease the sheet if a strong puff of wind hits. The Widgeon weighs about 250-300# and so needs a trailer for transport, also the 18' 8" mast is stepped through a seat near the bow, not hard to step/unstep but if I had trailered my boat I would have added a mast hinge on top of the seat. As others have said.....the Widgeon is a small sailboat that really thinks she is a lot bigger, and sails great! I would definitely reccommend this boat for new sailors, even kids (Widgeons are used by many yacht clubs to teach sailing)




------------------------------


NODROG
1970 CAL 21 (sold 2008)
Other boats
SUNBIRD
1979 O'DAY DS II
BLUE BIRD
1969 O'DAY Widgeon
This user is offline
Click here to see this users profile Click here to Send this user a Private Message Find more posts by this user  


Powered by: Reviewpost vB3 Enhanced
Copyright 2010 All Enthusiast, Inc.


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:04 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.