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post #4 of Old 07-10-2007
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Handling appears to be similar to other boats that size, no apparent quirks. Heels ok, the shallow draft is a plus, don't forget there is some 2500 pounds of lead in that winged keel and you have a 10 foot beam. I have a 155% genny and on a broad reach in 12kt wind there was a slight heel. I had the boat surveyed by a competent surveyor and the only problems were a blister on the rudder and the cutlass bearing had to be replaced. Did it myself over the winter, got tips and ideas on the O'Day e-mail list which you can sign onto at this web site under resources - e-mail list, great group of people who are always willing to help. Had some nicks on the gelcoat which I sanded and epoxied for now and the chainplate connections were all good. Have the boat surveyed, it is well worth the money. Post on the e-mail list for a surveyor in your area. Also if you don't mind me asking how much is the boat and what comes with it. I think an O'Day 302 starts around $33000.Check out Oday sailboats Owners Web for Oday Sailboats and O'Day Daysailers for more info. And where are you located, it says Hudson are you toward New York City, if so I'm in Milford harbor, CT. maybe we can meet up sometime.

Hope I was of some help


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