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Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On
The O'Day might be a fine choice, but budget in at least a new (or good/used) mainsail for it. The number of tears & their location (leech) indicate badly damaged fabric. Probably a combination of age, UV, and flogging. The worry is, even if you repair the rips, one good T-storm could shred the mainsail to ribbons. That's not a fun place to be. Also, the boat will handle much better & stay controllable with sails that aren't bagged out & untrimmable. The ones you describe may well be original to the boat, from the early 1970s. It tends to be an afterthought, but sail condition should be a strong factor in your buying decision and in any price offer you make. A cosmetically tired boat with crisp sails is enjoyable now.
We sailed our SJ21 the first year with an old mainsail (new jib) and found it willful (to the point of dangerous) in inland lake conditions. A flat new main with one deep reef transformed its heavy air performance.
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn