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Looking at this O'Day 27, thoughts?

Might be taking a look at this 1977 O'Day 27 next time I drive down to the area. Barring a good survey and all that stuff, how do you think the price is? Seems to be a bit high with an Atomic 4. Other than that it looks pretty good in pictures. When searching, I don't see a lot of these around in my area.

Anything in particular to look for? Problems? Experiences with this model?

Sunset Yacht Sales Ltd (Gig Harbor, WA)

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I don't have any experience with this particular model, but all "modern" Odays share a particular potential weakness: bulkhead rot where the chainplates attach. Water that gets in through the deck finds its way along the chainplates to where they attach at the bulkheads. Carefully check them to make sure they aren't punky and rotten.
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She looks very well kept, but as mstern says look for the hidden stuff.

A friend here in Vancouver is selling a CS 27 in case you're interested. PM me for more info. Diesel, similar ask but in $CDN.
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Also, before calling in a surveyor... I'd recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I started, as it will help you determine whether this boat is even worth going forward on. Check the chainplates as mstern said.
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I would look to see if the windows have been re-bedded or replaced. If not look for evidence of leaking. The main chainplates on this boat attach to the bulkhead and are easy to inspect, but the chainplates for the lower shrouds are embedded in the deck only, so you should inspect for deck moisture/softness in that area. My O'Day 27 also had softness in the cockpit floor that had to be re-cored, though I don't know if that's a common problem.
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That engine looks to be in great condition; wish mine came looking so good. Is there really a significant price difference between a working, well-kept Atomic 4 and [insert Diesel here]?


(Slight tangent alert: I am curious about one thing; from what I understand, the batteries should not be kept in the engine compartment. Those batteries look to be right next to it. Did I misunderstand ideal battery placement? I ask because we have to figure out where to plant ours.)
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That engine looks to be in great condition; wish mine came looking so good. Is there really a significant price difference between a working, well-kept Atomic 4 and [insert Diesel here]?


(Slight tangent alert: I am curious about one thing; from what I understand, the batteries should not be kept in the engine compartment. Those batteries look to be right next to it. Did I misunderstand ideal battery placement? I ask because we have to figure out where to plant ours.)
Equal condition for equal condition I usually see a few thou cheaper for the A4 and as much a 2 to 5 thou if it has an outboard.
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Looks really nice, inspect the heck out of it and get a good survey. Goodluck.
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