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I have a o'day 30 I want to go ofshore sailing from Halifax to Bermuda and after to the Bahamas. Is it possible to do it or should look for an other boat?
I know That it seam a solid boat.
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Re: O'day 30

Can it be done...yes, assuming weather is cooperative. But, you can't always count on weather and in this case, I want something that is considered a blue water boat to make a trip like that.
Hey, I like O'Day's and sorry they went out of business, but I don't consider that a blue water boat.
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Re: O'day 30

It's about the Captain more than the boat! Are you a bluewater sailor? The boat is small but the trip is do-able....Dale
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Ask Denise030 - she sails one and does her own work on it.
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Re: O'day 30

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It's about the Captain more than the boat! Are you a bluewater sailor? The boat is small but the trip is do-able....Dale
Size isn't the primary concern here. There are boats made from the keel up to be blue water boats and there are boats made to be coastal cruisers. As much as I like my Catalina 34, there's no way in hell I'd take it out in the middle of the ocean. It just wasn't built for that purpose. Same for a 30' O'Day.
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Lots of smaller boats make blue water crossings, pick your window wisely! Know your weather, say your prayers....Dale
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Lots of smaller boats make blue water crossings, pick your window wisely! Know your weather, say your prayers....Dale
Like I said, size isn't the primary issue here and I know smaller boats have made these kinds of voyages. it's the difference between a boat that was built for blue water sailing vs. one that wasn't. A 30' O'Day is a coastal cruiser and was never built to cross oceans.
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Re: O'day 30

Take a good look at the list of boats that have made blue water cruises. Many, many so called coastal cruisers are on that list. You have to use your head and do research, you have started that here. Most any where you might go, your boat likely will not be the first Oday to sail into that port. Sail her a lot, and if you have the confidence I have in mine, you will know if that is a trip you might make. If you check her build schedule you will find she is as well built as many successful off shore boats.
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Re: O'day 30

People have crossed oceans in dinghys, Cal 20's, rowboats - you name it.

Possible and suitable are two very different things.
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Re: O'day 30

O30 is a good boat.. but the BIG spade rudder worries me.

A skeg rudder would seem more robust for blue water. Other then that. the boat has allot of free board, stout standing rigging and a small cockpit, with 2 big drains that should have valves on the transom holes
Largest waves I've been in were at the top of Delaware Bay in a windy rain storm. the boat was fine.. my nerves.. eh.. it wasn't a first time, so I was ok. LOL a girl friend made coffee while the boat was crashing over through the 6-8 ft swells and many were crashing over bow, she loved it! LOL (shallow water = higher cadence of swells I think)

O30 is NOT a blue water boat imho, except maybe on well planned coastal passages. I don't think she could handle a real storm on the open seas. But I don't really know.
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