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Re: O'day Build Quality in late 70's
As an O'day owner, I would rate the build QUALITY of the O'day brand up there with Pearson, and CAL. All three were manufactured in the same geographical area, and shared workers and construction techniques.
The hulls were solid FRP, and the decks were balsa cored for rigidity, and low weight, and plywood-cored in areas that required additional stiffness (under chainplates cockpit and stanchions).
The main area that I think that you will find a difference is in the interior finish of the O'day. If you want all solid teak, look at a Sabre, if teak veneer is acceptable, O'day will fit the bill. The thing that I like least about my boat is the burlap-looking hull liner.
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USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, ASA 101/103/104/105/106/118 Instructor - Also certified in Marine Electrical Systems