Originally Posted by brak
Catalina. They are better boats, for what it's worth, and the manufacturer is still in business.
Perhaps it is because O'Day put too much into their boats that they are not in business. Also there are more than a few boats in production by others than the original teams that made the reputation... although I do not know if that statement is true for Catalina.
All good old boats have their quirks. Best condition for the money is good advice.
Regarding tiller or wheel; have several "crew" stand in the cockpit while you think about traffic pattern at sea & at dock
Finally, I Love my O'Day 27 - solid boat, fun to sail, many parts available thru D&R Marine.
No matter your decision - Have Fun!