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Hey All

I'm new to sailing and this forum. Looking at purchasing a sail boat to learn on. I have a good amount of experience on the water but non with sailboats. I've always wanted to learn how to sail. I been casually reading up on sailing and checking craigslist for boats. I think I might have found one.

1971 O'DAY 17' SAILBOAT DAYSAILER (it won't let me post the link to the Columbus, OH craigslist)

Not sure if this is a good boat for beginners or not. Anyways any advice would be appreciated. I looking at just sailing on some of the small lakes around Ohio, nothing major or too exciting...yet
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columbus.craigslist (Not part of link but it won't let me post it otherwise)

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Re: New to sailing

Welcome to sailnet, I'm assuming this is the boat you're looking at:

ODAY DAYSAILER

This would be a good little boat to learn on, easy to trailer, rig solo on.

Here's another link on them.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...pdmEyUoztetxkw

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warning, you might end up sleepless planning docking procedures, thinking about provisions, trying to improve your tacks, your gybes. you will likely start talking about lines, wind shifts and sail trim to people with glazed over eyes. your hands will callous and your skin darken. when people talk to you about life shore you may go sailing in your mind, only to realize they just asked you something. you will possibly start watching at tree branches waving, flags flying and smoke drifting across in a manner that is bordering on the obsessive. it is likely you will look at metal products bought in home depot and think "this is inferior metal".

on the other hand....

that boat looks like a good start to me and possibly an end, if you feel you need the outboard have a hard look at it replacements don't seem to be cheap though with a boat that size a smaller electric troller might work for you just fine(tm). Nice to see an active class: DaySailer.org - Day Sailer Association that means you'll have people to question about issues and look for to get information on how to get the most out of the boat.


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YES! You won't find a better beginner boat than the Daysailer, although there are many that are just as good.

BEWARE! That particular boat is over 30 years old. The ad says it was posted 26 days ago - around my neck of the woods that would be a red flag. I'm assuming you don't know much about inspecting boats; I chose to read a couple of books on making boat inspections before I bought a sailboat. If you feel confident, ask the owner to take you out sailing in the boat before you buy it. Have cash in your pocket. If the boat sails well and it's comfortable for you, close the deal and pay for the boat after you get ashore.

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As jwing mentions there are books to help you look at old sailboats - I'd recommend "inspecting the aging sailboat" by Don Casey. I haven't bought a small boat and there may be more appropriate reading for you but this book will have a bunch of things to look for in the gelcoat, woodwork, sail condition etc that will hold true for you.

I'd go for a sail with the owner, and take your friend who knows most about sailing with you.


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I went to college right around there! I learned to sail on Alum Creek just south of 36. PERFECT learning spot. Use the north section of water as there are fewer powerboats.
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Great boat! When my wife and I were first married, we had an old Sailstar Explorer (very similar to the O'Day) on Narragansett Bay. Dollar for dollar, probably the most fun we've had in a boat.

If you plan to trailer the boat, make sure the mast is hinged above the deck to facilitate stepping the mast. Otherwise, it is quite a chore. (Of course, you can always have a yard cut the mast and add a hinge. That's what we did.)

I second the idea of getting someone experienced to look the boat over for you.


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Welcome to Sailnet!

Great boat! I grew up on such a boat, lake and ocean! Okay, so my old man was a little out there. But I have many fond memories, and when I think about some of them it scares the living sh** out of me and wonder how we survived. I was too young to know any better and had complete faith in the old man.

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warning, you might end up sleepless planning docking procedures, thinking about provisions, trying to improve your tacks, your gybes. you will likely start talking about lines, wind shifts and sail trim to people with glazed over eyes. your hands will callous and your skin darken. when people talk to you about life shore you may go sailing in your mind, only to realize they just asked you something. you will possibly start watching at tree branches waving, flags flying and smoke drifting across in a manner that is bordering on the obsessive. it is likely you will look at metal products bought in home depot and think "this is inferior metal".
Oh thank God, I thought it was just me!

I just bought a learner boat and I'm already showing the symptoms above. Good to know it's normal.

I have no experience with the Boat in question, but it was on my list to look for while shopping as it came highly recommended. GL!
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