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Re: Advice on O'Day 22
I agree that with boats of this vintage, the condition of the whole package - from the trailer to the outboard and boat in between - trumps everything else; even price. The CL ad is gone, but if the Catalina was $3,000 (vs. 1,700 f/ the O'Day) the Cat could be a much better value if the O'Day is a money pit. A pair of good sheet blocks w/ hardware (for instance) could easily be $130; there is 10% of the $1,300 difference right there.
If everything else were equal (both are Bristol or both are money pits):
The Catalina with the swing keel will go to windward better and have a more pleasant motion (keel down); Catalina Direct has all the parts you'll need; with the keel cranked up, the Cat will be easier to trailer.
The O'Day will sail better with the board up than the Cat w/ the keel up, but that's kind of a fine point; the O'Day does not have the possibility (however unlikely) of catastrophic swing keel failure;
1978 Bristol 29.9 #122
Testing a mother's love since 1962
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