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Old 02-11-2010
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Have you seen my family's boat, 1980 O'Day 28?

Hi all,
In the early 80s, our family sailed all over the Chesapeake Bay and even up to Newport, RI and back on our O'Day 28.

There are so many people on SailNet that I thought I'd take a stab at finding our old boat from back in the day. It's totally a long shot, and the boat could be anywhere by now, but I thought it might be fun to try to track her down. There are some distinguishing features that might help set her apart from other O'Day 28s, though some of them could have changed over the years.

We bought her new and she was an '80 model. Her original name was "Irish Rover", though I'm pretty sure it was changed when we sold her in late 1985/early 1986. She was slipped in Norfolk, VA, though I think her hail said Virginia Beach, VA. As to the boat itself:

- OMC Saildrive, 15HP gas engine
- Tiller steering
- Enclosed cabinets in main salon instead of the standard open shelves
- Teak sea hood over the companionway hatch added on
- Dorade boxes in teak
- Furler was continuous line furling (easily could have changed)
- We had some sort of cruising spinnaker or drifter that was green, orange, and white (this would be an old sail by now)

Again, I realize this is a VERY long shot, but it can't hurt, right?

If you think you have any idea of this boat's whereabouts, well, there's no reward, but you'd have my appreciation...is that enough?

Thanks,
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You wouldn't happen to have a HIN for the boat???
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Hey SD, not I don't right now. I don't know if I'd be able to get it either. Possible, but not likely.

We didn't have the boat documented when we owned it, but of course it might have been since then, if that's what you're thinking.
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Have a picture that shows the sail number? Almost as good as the hull number.
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Nope, no sail numbers. We didn't race so we never had numbers on the sail. I know, I'm not making this easy on anyone (including myself).
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