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I don't know anything about the Morgan. I know a little about the O'day. I have a 35 and a friend has the 31. Note that the O'day 31 is really an O'day 30 with a swim platform. Don't discount the value of the swim platform if you like to use a dingy, swim off the boat, etc.
The 31 is a basic production racer / cruiser from the mid 80's. Very similar to Catalina 30, Newport 30, etc. The build quality is adequate for coastal type work. It should be comfortable with pressure hot and cold water, decent galley with propane stove and oven.
Sailing performance will depend on the keel. The shoal draft version won't point very high, but you can sail in 4' of water. On a reach to a run the boat will be nice. The standard keel will point better and be much better up wind, but these are not J boats.
All in all O'day boats have a loyal following. Parts are easy to come by and the boats have proven to be solid.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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