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post #18 of Old 10-04-2007
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I had an O'day 28 from 1978, a friend had an O'day 25 from '77, both were excellent sailboats, dry bilges, easy handling, fairly fast, solid construction. We both loved the boats but traded for bigger boats. If you find an O'day from the 70's in your budget you will have a better boat than one from the mid 80's, because when the owner retired he sold the molds to Pearson, and they made it their "economy" line and cut too many corners to make it cheap. My 28 had a 9HP Yanmar engine, which I think will run forever if the oil is changed regularly! The only caveat is that O'day felt the engine was only for docking, so they were somewhat underpowered. I personally would much rather be offshore in a blow aboard an O'day than either a Hunter or Catalina.
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