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O'Day

Got inside the O'Day today and what a difference. I like the drop table (the Catalina's table was built in) and the bulkheads were teak instead of fiberglass. The O'Day had a lot more upgrades and I was surprised how much carpet improved the look. I've called 3 survey marine places down here but they must be making too much money to call back. I liked the fact that the O'Day owners are the second owners of the boat and just sailed it a couple of weeks ago. The Catalina has been sitting since last summer. Guess it will all come down to negotiation. The O'Day is 1k more than the Catalina. It might be worth it but I'm going to have to sell my beloved motorcycle to make it work. So my heart is panged. And great advice from everyone and I appreciate the upbeat tone. I recall from years past a plaque my father had on the bulkhead of our Chris Craft 36. "A boat is a whole in the water surrounded by wood into which one pours money". Might be true and all but it is the adventure.
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I hope you can get the O'Day... good luck with the negotiations and the survey.

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It might be worth it but I'm going to have to sell my beloved motorcycle to make it work.
If it's any consolation... If you buy the boat and take care of it, you stand a decent chance of recouping your purchase price when you sell it. It's a bit harder to do that with bikes...

But selling your bike is a pretty drastic move. Have you considered putting your furniture on ebay ??

If you have a bike and a boat, the priorities are taken care of. All you really need on top of those is an apartment with an air mattress.
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The funny thing is, I actually asked the wife yesterday if we could sell the formal living room furniture since we never go in that room anyhow. I also told her I was going to sell some heirlooms to try to have both my priorities still around. The heirlooms she went for but the furniture was a harder sale. I lost that one


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If it's any consolation... If you buy the boat and take care of it, you stand a decent chance of recouping your purchase price when you sell it. It's a bit harder to do that with bikes...

But selling your bike is a pretty drastic move. Have you considered putting your furniture on ebay ??

If you have a bike and a boat, the priorities are taken care of. All you really need on top of those is an apartment with an air mattress.
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Y'all are giving me too many good ideas.
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Ebay

ha ha... i went the ebay route too. I had stuff around the house that i haven't used in years... off to ebay! I raised another 2000 for the new boat but it was a long process with lots of trips to the UPS store. It was win win though cause i got the house cleaned up a bit (good for the fiance ) and i got closer to purchasing a good boat rather than an ok one. We were deciding between an 87 O'Day 272LE and a 87 Pearson 27. They were both nice boats but the Pearson won out even though we were big O'Day fans.

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I sailed a 28 O'Day for several years, moved up to a 37 Endeavour. The O'Day company went out of business not because they built a less than perfect boat, but because the founder retired and sold his molds to a company that was starved out during the tax/cost squeeze during the late 80's. They built a great boat, as does catalina. Most larger o'days were powered by a Yanmar diesel, current production and no parts shortage. Smaller ones were powered by outboards, which makes it easy to repair or replace. A 25 with a swing keel is trailerable, could be taken along on that dream vacation in the North Channel of Lake Huron. Go with the one in best condition!
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I have been on a few larger O'Days and several Cats. Its my opinion that the O'Days seemed to be better made. Sure you want to sell your bike?..Dont you have an extra kidney or something less important?

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I am not very familiar with O'Days. However I own a 1983 Catalina 22 and love it. It is also quite easy to find parts for Catalinas, through Catalina direct, as a previous reply noted.

-Spencer

PS- Check the condition of the swing keel. God blessed me so that I was lucky enough to find a boat with a replaced swing keel (relatively new).
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