Re: My Next and Hopefully Last Boat - Which One?
The OP mentioned the O'day 40, which I've recently looked at myself and happen to like. However, the draft is 6'4", not less than 5'. Also, some (all?) O40's were built with balsa cored hulls, so be aware. This was a hull designed and licensed from Jeanneau (Sun Fizz 39) and built by O'Day.
I think at least some of the Oday 40 have a shoal draft. I found one on YW in Oriental NC listed with a 4foot draft. Another one in MA has 6 foot. Most appear to have 6 foot draft. There is also a Oday 37 with a nice aft cabin that appear to mostly have a 5 foot draft. Another one for the list.
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