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O'day Build Quality in late 70's

Would anyone care to weigh in on the general build quality of the O'day brand in the late 70's? I am currently looking at a 1978 O'day 30 that I would be considering for coastal cruising with an occasional foray out to the Bahamas. Needless to say, I would go through her thoroughly prior to any such venture. I am more concerned with unseen structural issues. I am not in love, so please be candid. Thanks.
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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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Re: O'day Build Quality in late 70's

Don't know about 78, Many had bolt on keels, So in any boat of age that needs to be addressed. I think only a year or two had encapsulated keels like my boat. Oh.. from another discussion.. you should have need an emergency rudder that works.

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Re: O'day Build Quality in late 70's

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If you want all solid teak, look at a Sabre,
or a Bristol

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