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09-30-2013 09:34 AM
straggler129
Re: O'Day 39's and 40's?

Hello Jack:

I know your post is dated. If you are still out there, I would love to hear more about the Oday 39 after several years of ownership. Thanks....
02-06-2011 09:32 AM
blt2ski Scott,

There is an ODAY web site, Iheartodays.com, or go to Jeanneau-owners.com for the Jeanneau version. There are owners listed on the jeanneau site, you could email some of them, or check yachtworld's for sale listings, boat.com IIRC also has listings for sale boats.

Marty
02-06-2011 03:21 AM
scottmgtf
oday 39

I know your post is from 4 years ago but I hope you still enjoy the Oday 39.
I've sailed the Oday many times in So Cal waters and love the boat. It out points the Beneteau and is much easier to handle in heavy wx.
I chartered them from marina sailing years ago and now want to find one of my own.
09-17-2006 02:18 PM
jackchad
O DAY 39 Purchase - Very Happy with it

We purchased a 1984 O Day 39 at the end of March 2006. We were looking for an affordable spacious boat that could be handled by 1 or 2 people and would be suitable for the late afternoon sail, a weekend away or long term cruising.

After reading many books on choosing the "right" boat we were impressed by a book by John Kretchmer where the Beneateau First 38 appeared in his list of top 10 boats for cruising inspite of being an atypical cruiser.

After also reading books by Lisa Copeland who cruised for 18 years on a the Beneateau First 38, we started learning about and looking for a the Beneateau First 38. After exhausting local the Beneateau First 38's available for sail in our area. We started looking at similar boats and stumbled accross the Oday 39.

We actually found that apart from interior woodwork not as good as the the Beneateau First 38, the O Day was better in many respects, especially in layout and space.

In our brief experience of having the boat for a summer, I am very happy with the boat. It sails beautifully, a real delight. The helm is light and the boat is fast and easy to handle.

The boat is well constucted. It has a solid hull with cored deck. (The ODAY 40 has a cored hull)

We essentially renovated a lot of the systems and had no concerns about ODAY not being around because these boats use components from a variety of companies. The design is the Jeaneau Sun Fizz. We have a placque stating that the boat was built under license from Jeaneau.

As an engineer I not only surveyed the boat myself but also hired a top surveyor. (The report was 21 pages).

We have fixed the typical minor things that wear after 20 years and made apoint of replacing the original standing rigging. (A wise thing to do on any old boat) The rig is from ISOMAT and parts are available.

Space, a pleasure to work on and own and extremely good value for money.

I could keep on raving. If you want more information send me an email.

Jack
09-07-2006 02:53 PM
GEORGEJBARLOW
O'Day 40 Owner

I have owned an O'Day 40 built in 1989 for the past eight years and to put in simply, it's the biggest and best boat for the money. For me it's been the ideal coastal cruiser, but I have not raced this boat. For your information the hull mold was from the Jenneau Sunkist 39 and I could talk all day about the boat, but if you want more, you can contact me through Sailnet. My email address is posted. Good luck with your search.
09-06-2006 03:34 PM
camaraderie I would not hesitate to buy an O'day again as we were quite happy for a number of years on our 32. As to construction, I'd say they are VERY SLIGHTY better than the Hunt/Bene's of that era and had more livable space which made them very nice weekender boats. Sailing performance suffered a bit as a result but they still performed decently and since we are not racers, had no problems in that regard.
The big issue with these boats today of couse is that they are orphans and finding specific parts like overhead lighting etc. is difficult. Otherwise, they face the same issues of wear, care, blisters, moisture ingress, etc. as similar boats of the same era and a survey is mandated.
09-06-2006 10:10 AM
PalmettoSailor
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Originally Posted by GreenBoat
I did not realize O'Days were out of production. I guess I HAVE been out of the loop for a while , but in this case, I guess that's a good thing as my memory of the 80's O'Day is fresh.

I'd pass if I were you. While the rigging problems might have been addressed, the overall quality of the boat will still be the same.

As far as the Dufour I was referring to, the rigging had not been modified. It was just a MUCH better boat.

Have you checked out the reviews on the Practical Sailor site? They might be helpful in your search.
I don't know what you were comparing to, but I was told by both Hunter and Catalina dealers that build quality of mid 80's Oday's was considered a cut above H's and C's of the same vintage. I looked a lot of both before we settled on our Oday 322. Of course I'm new to sailing so maybe I'm stupid, or maybe the build quality on the bigger Oday's was better than their smaller boats but every thing I found on the web (including Practical Sailor) and in talking to brokers (one's who were not trying to sell me an Oday) were very positive.

I can't provide first hand knowledge of how my boat sails compared to others, because I only have the one point of reference, but I can tell you it's comfortable for weekending and as newbies we've had no problems with the way the boat is rigged. All lines are led aft, the main has jiffy reefing, etc.

Hinghambay may want to check out the O'day specific sites for the particular model he/she is interested in.

www.odayowners.com

http://oday.home.att.net/
09-05-2006 11:04 AM
GreenBoat
Oy Vays

I did not realize O'Days were out of production. I guess I HAVE been out of the loop for a while , but in this case, I guess that's a good thing as my memory of the 80's O'Day is fresh.

I'd pass if I were you. While the rigging problems might have been addressed, the overall quality of the boat will still be the same.

As far as the Dufour I was referring to, the rigging had not been modified. It was just a MUCH better boat.

Have you checked out the reviews on the Practical Sailor site? They might be helpful in your search.
09-05-2006 08:41 AM
hinghambaysailors Thanks for all of the input. We are also considering Jeanneaus and Beneteaus around the same size and from the same vintage (80's). Oh, this boat would be "new" for us, but not new of course- O'Day no longer makes these boats and we don't have the budget for a new 40 footer! We currently sail a 1970 35' C&C and, while we love the boat, are looking for more space and privacy.
09-05-2006 01:08 AM
Bluesmoods It seems that ajust about all current or previous Dufour owners have or have had very positive experiences with thir boats. I have met those caught in severe storms off-shore and in the Lakes in even 25' Dufours that still rave about those boats and "those days". Dufour still builds them so i guess there is some sort of mechanism for parts and getting questions resolved. O'Day doen not.

I like the looks of the O'Day 40 quite a bit. the interiors are rather nicely put together as well. I was considering one a while back . Blisters pretty much terminated those discussions.

Oh well.......
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