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Hookinup 12-21-2012 09:58 AM

o'day daysailer III
 
what do you guys think about getting a 1987(?) O'day Daysailer III for the purposes of learning to sail by yourself? Is this a good boat for use on the chesapeake bay coves and covered areas?

Barquito 12-21-2012 11:06 AM

Re: o'day daysailer III
 
Would be OK. You may find the initial learning easier on a single sail boat, such as a sunfish, laser, et al. I think it is also a little more difficult to right a Daysailer after capsize than some boats.

deniseO30 12-21-2012 11:17 AM

Re: o'day daysailer III
 
There are day sailer races.. If i'm not mistaken the one your looking at can plane off in kickbutt winds and These kids seem to be enjoying it :D
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Hookinup 12-21-2012 11:45 AM

Re: o'day daysailer III
 
yep, i've seen that youtube video and was part of the inspiration to go for this one. im not at all interested in racing just learning to sail so i can cruise the bay. i dont want to spend 2k on a laser only to practice in small areas for a few months or a season and have to sell and buy a bigger boat so soon. with the ds3 i feel like i could use it for a while and it would be big enough to use on the bay in nicer weather.

CarbonSink62 12-21-2012 01:23 PM

Re: o'day daysailer III
 
That is exactly the boat I recommend whenever someone asks for a good first boat.

Easy to buy; easy to sell; no motor needed (buy a paddle) but you can use one if you want.

Small enough for even a beginner sail alone, but big enough for 3 adults and some gear.

Go for it.

Ken

Hookinup 12-21-2012 01:47 PM

Re: o'day daysailer III
 
i like this answer because its what i *wanted* to hear.:)

Hookinup 12-21-2012 01:53 PM

Re: o'day daysailer III
 
how about problems to look out for on these? ive read the centerboard cables need some convincing once they have sat for a while, what about other issues?

is this boat easy to capsize to the point i should look for a mast float before my first trip? if there are a few warm weekends this winter i'd like to try it before summer comes but if this one is a capsize prone boat maybe i should wait for the warmer weather to start.

Tanley 12-21-2012 01:54 PM

Re: o'day daysailer III
 
Great boat, but as Barquito points out, they can be difficult to right. My wife's family has had a '69 DSI up on the St. Lawrence river since the early 70's. Just about everyone in the family has learned on it over the past 40 years and that boat's still going strong.

Parts are cheap and readily available:

DR Marine Category List

Decent forum for support and classifieds:

DaySailer.org &bull; Index page

Tanley 12-21-2012 01:58 PM

Re: o'day daysailer III
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hookinup (Post 965259)
how about problems to look out for on these? ive read the centerboard cables need some convincing once they have sat for a while, what about other issues?

is this boat easy to capsize to the point i should look for a mast float before my first trip? if there are a few warm weekends this winter i'd like to try it before summer comes but if this one is a capsize prone boat maybe i should wait for the warmer weather to start.

It isn't capsize prone in our experience. The boat I mentioned above has gone over twice in 40 years. It will be more stable than a laser or sunfish, but it will come down to who's at the tiller and the conditions you're out in. Check out the forum listed above for things to look out for when inspecting for purchase.

They really are fun boats. Very simple to rig and will give you a solid foundation to expand on if you wish.

CalebD 12-21-2012 02:12 PM

Re: o'day daysailer III
 
I've sailed on a DS I or II. I'd agree that the DS is not so prone to capsizing; especially if the person at the helm has a hand on the main sheet, ready to let it out if a strong gust comes.
I'll also agree that the DS is a nearly ideal platform for learning how to sail.
The DS III cuddy cabin shown in Denise's video almost looks big enough to squirm into for the night, if you are not too opulent.


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