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vtsailguy 12-07-2012 06:00 PM

Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
So I am looking at two boats:

1988 O'Day 322
Bruce Hill Yacht Sales, Inc. (Shelburne, VT)

1986 Hunter 31
Boats R Fun (Willsboro, NY)

Assuming I could knock the O'Day down to about 28k, and you can afford it, what would you buy and why?

deltaten 12-07-2012 06:31 PM

Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
Well..........for what my opinion is worth.....
No !
The O'Day *is* well appointed and has alla the add-ons; the Hunter is just as well equipped (as far as I can tell?) and has near the same space. O'day's only 8" longer and the Hunter is 3" wider ! Even-Steven, in my book. :D

All comes down ta which one ya like better and are willing to pay for (or not!) the difference.

good luck in yer decision

vtsailguy 12-07-2012 07:08 PM

Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
Yeah :/

Seems the big differences are the O'Day is in a tiny bit better condition, and has a much better layout (a real aft cabin).


Faster 12-07-2012 07:23 PM

Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
The ODay's layout has enough going for it that I'd probably lean towards that one, and it's slightly newer to boot.. Engine hours and conditions would be another factor worth weighing..

I've found that a number of that vintage of Hunters (across several models) can develop a strong odor that is difficult to get rid of.. all boats can smell to some degree but some of these (and not all) have a rather objectionable ureic smell. If this one has that syndrome it would be a deal breaker for me. Friends had exactly that model with that problem, used ozonators, bleaches, washed everything on board numerous time to no avail and ended up selling soon after. They now have a newer/bigger Hunter without that issue.

In the end, whichever of these two boats 'feels' best should be the one. You'll know in your gut, all else being equal. Even if you end up paying a few extra $K, you'll have forgotten that soon enough if you've picked the 'right' boat for you.

chucklesR 12-07-2012 08:15 PM

Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
The Hunter is priced at close t fair market, the O'day seems a bunch high.

Having owned a Hunter 31 of the same year, it's nice boat, sails well and PRHF's in the middle of the pack size wise.
Both have lots of online user / owner group support.

If you need a private aft cabin, go with the O'day, if not, save the money and upgrade the Hunter with it.

CalebD 12-07-2012 10:32 PM

Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
So what is going to take 2 years?
Neither of those boats will get offers even close to their asking prices.
My guess is that you could get the Hunter for $15 and the O'Day for $25. $10K more for a pretty similar boat does not add up in my opinion. Yes, one of them is slightly newer if that is worth it to you.

Neither really appeals to me.

bljones 12-07-2012 11:07 PM

Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
The Oday is my choice, but as mentioned, overpriced, by about a third. $21-$25k is real, IMO.

vtsailguy 12-08-2012 07:06 AM

Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
They both seem a overpriced. I wonder if boats on lake Champlain generally are as its fresh water and we only sail half seasons.

PalmettoSailor 12-08-2012 08:08 AM

Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
We owned a 88 322 and I can tell you its as good as it gets in a 32' production cruiser. The boat sails very nicely and the layout can't be beat. In most cases I would choose it over a Hunter 10 times out of 10.

That said, this 322 owner is on crack. His asking price is too high by almost $10k in my estimation and there is no way you are going to be able to reach a deal on that boat for anything close to fair market.

cruisingdream 12-08-2012 08:18 AM

Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?
heck for less than the oday you can have my 34 hunter (fresh water boat on lake erie)

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