Apples & Oranges - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 08-27-2009 Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 73
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Apples & Oranges

What can people tell me about their experiences with an early O'Day 22 (or a similar sloop)? I recently found a '71 O'Day 22 for sale. We haven't looked at it yet. What issues were specific to these O'Days?

From my understanding - a quick look at websites on them (including the reviews here) - noted it is a shoal draft. I found notes that several hundred pounds of ballast weight was added a few years after introduction (1974?). That suggests to me it won't sail close to the wind, nor very quickly. The shoal keel's lower maintenance versus a swing keel does appeal to me. The boat in question has a trailer and likely would be used that way.

My wife and I are new - but we successfully completed a sailing class this summer. That said, during the class we sailed J/24 and a J/80 boats. I know there's a big difference between the O'Day "gunkholer" and those racing boats. We aren't out for a speed boat but one that can be enjoyed on weekends with an occasional overnight.


MikeAR is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 08-29-2009 Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 73
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Looked it over today.
We will find a boat to fulfill our dreams. However, we won't bother with this particular O'Day.
It sat outside for an extended period after extended time in water. They were asking $2500 but have done zero maintenance. It can't even roll from the lot in present condition - the trailer needs work. The boat needs work.
It has been sitting on the trailer (tongue down) with water collecting inside. The boom has a sail and cover wrapped around it but laying in the cockpit, window seals are shot, a hatch had been installed in the deck but was shot, winches sounded .... sad.
We didn't expect a perfect boat, but we didn't expect a project boat or project trailer from the glowing description.
Oh, forgot to mention, the motor mount was broken off the boat ... there was a stub sticking out from the stern....
The economy may be affecting prices and what's available. This shows it's still a caveat emptor market.
MikeAR is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 08-29-2009
Tartan 27' owner
CalebD's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 5,117
Thanks: 9
Thanked 144 Times in 136 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Good on ya' to take a pass on that boat. There are a lot of trailer sailors in the range of 22'. $2.5K is a lot for a boat that has not been cared for.
After sailing some racing boats you may be a bit disappointed in the performance of some of these cruising boats. I have sailed on a Rhodes 19' Mariner (or is it O'Day?) - nice older boat but not comfortable to spend a night on.
It is all about compromises. You should definitely not take the first boat you see in a sorry condition. Keep looking - seek and ye shall find - even in Arkansas.
Don't give up and keep posting about your experiences.

"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen

Everybody has one:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
CalebD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 08-29-2009
JohnRPollard's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Chesapeake
Posts: 5,680
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Definitely a pass. Sailing is supposed to be fun.

Just to respond to your original question. I've sailed a bit on the shoal draft O'Day 22 (my brother had one for a number of years). Not much keel there at all. However, it sails surprisingly well considering. They are fine for lakes and protected coastal waters. But there's not much belowdecks to make things comfortable for overnighting. If that's what you're interested in doing, I'd look for something a bit larger with a bigger cabin.

If you don't need much by way of cabin space, compare the OD 22 with the Catalina 22. There should be more Catalinas around, some of them much newer.

P.S. To add some price perspective.... My brother's O'Day 22 (which he acquired about a dozen+ years ago -- since sold), was about the same vintage but was in far better condition than the one you describe. He got it for free from someone who was done with it. No trailer, though.

In my opinion, those folks should pay you to take that load off their hands.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62

JohnRPollard is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Island Packet ESSCAPOD Boat Review and Purchase Forum 38 07-26-2013 11:59 AM
Future of Sailing? Cruisingdad General Discussion (sailing related) 60 09-22-2009 06:24 PM
Stowage capacity/Transport by Sail GreatWhite General Discussion (sailing related) 12 07-03-2009 08:28 PM
Buy used Catalina or Island Packet? saltypat Boat Review and Purchase Forum 23 12-22-2006 10:34 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome