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O'Day vs Hunter vs Beneteau

I'm looking for my first sailboat and am thinking that I want to stick with something on the 28-35' range for less than 25K ideally that would get me from the mid-atalantic region to the Caribbean and around coastal Central America with my husband and dog. I really want something with a swim platform as I will be in the water a lot. I like the Hunter 28s and 32s for the unconventional interior design but not sure if they can get me there and back hence looking at the O-days but I am worried about the lack of parts for repairs where Hunter parts are more accessible. I also like the spacious interiors of the O'Days as well. Beneteaus also have a more progressive interior that I like but are harder to find in the price range.
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Re: O'Day vs Hunter vs Beneteau

You can find the/your boat, no problem.
There is a big difference between 28 and 35 - cost, upkeep and accommodations.
If you plan to stay away on the boat for a long time, IMO, you're looking at minimum of 10k and up to 20k extra to throw at that boat to make it right for long travels, and that's if you start with a good boat.
...unless you happen upon some special circumstances...

Think 40-50k total for a safe boat you can travel on in comfort.

You could buy a boat in Rio Dulce for 10-15k and just plan to never hit any storms. Life might be grand.
It's when your boat starts regularly dating mother nature that the boat needs to be right.
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Re: O'Day vs Hunter vs Beneteau

I'm looking for my first car and am thinking that I want to stick with something in the compact to mini-van range for less than 5K ideally that would get me from Canada to California and around Central America with my husband and dog. I really want something with heated seats as I like my buns to be warm. I like the Honda Prius and the Honda Minivan for the unconventional interior design but not sure if they can get me there and back hence looking at the Chevys but I am worried about the lack of parts for repairs where Honda parts are more accessible. I also like the spacious interiors of the Chevys as well. Kias also have a more progressive interior that I like but are harder to find in the price range.
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get the one in the best condition with the newest sails, electronics, and engine in best condition

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Re: O'Day vs Hunter vs Beneteau

There are no bespoke "parts for repair" available for any boat in the age range you are considering - the manufacturer is either long gone (Oday), changed hands (Hunter) or the boat model long out of manufacture (all the above). Besides, almost nothing on a boat is built by the manufacturer except for the hull and interior moldings. Often not even the rudder or keel. All equipment, including rigging and sails, are from other companies.

Don is correct above, and I would add to his comment to get the largest boat with best sails, equipment, shape, etc.

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There are no bespoke "parts for repair" available for any boat in the age range you are considering - the manufacturer is either long gone (Oday), changed hands (Hunter) or the boat model long out of manufacture (all the above).
Some exceptions! I can get new parts for my 1974 Catalina.

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I usually pick a boat based on my "prefer or prefer not" list like, "prefer" lead keel, little or no wood exposed to the weather, conventional main, Yanmar or Perkins, double spreader, sailing characteristics, "prefer not" shoal keel, in mast, unstayed or B&R rig, an oversized or high windage hull, etc., so make a list of what's important to you and see what fits.

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Re: O'Day vs Hunter vs Beneteau

Hello,

I owned an O'day 35 from 2006-2014. It would meet your requirements. Affordable, spacious, reliable, comfortable, etc. I had no problem getting any parts I needed. My boat was damaged in hurricane Sandy (another boat dragged into my boat and damaged the rub rail, life lines, stanchions, etc) and I was able to get all new replacement parts. The engine (Universal Diesel) is still supported, the rig is still supported. About the most difficult parts to get were for the Barient winches.

My boat had the shoal draft keel. Great for getting close to the beach and sailing in shallow water. Not so great at sailing close to the wind.

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Some exceptions! I can get new parts for my 1974 Catalina.
Doesn't Catalina still manufacture the 22?

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