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Gang, i am new to this group, but considering buying a 1988 O'DAY 322. I have Columbia 26MK II, but its getting to small for my crowd. Any words of wisdom would be nice. How well does it sail, engine problems, etc?

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Oleg,
If you join the O'Day email group on Sailnet and/or Sailboat owners, you may find many more responses than just here on the forum. One of the principle organizers of our rOnDAYvous 07 in Milford is a very proud and knowledgeable owner of a 322. When you have an O'Day, you have a wealth of expertise and friends, FWIW,
Bill and Pat, O40 Kukulcán, New London, CT (ALso past owners of an O22 and an O28)
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I own a 19' O'day and would like to join that email group. How do I do that?
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Look under "resources" at the top of the page and then click on e-mail lists where you can scroll to the oday list.
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it's a beautiful boat!

Oleg. A friend in my yacht club has one. I was on it last nite in the weekly race up here on the tidal delaware river at Burlington NJ and Bristol PA. It Has the wing keel, the main sail if pretty large, and the boat feels as though it wants more then light air of summer. It motors real nice and quiet too! The interior is very well appointed. I don't think you would do bad getting one! it's a 1988 and i think it was one of the last and was actually built by Pearson.
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Gang, i am new to this group, but considering buying a 1988 O'DAY 322. I have Columbia 26MK II, but its getting to small for my crowd. Any words of wisdom would be nice. How well does it sail, engine problems, etc?

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Oleg
Oleg, I own an O'day 322 and have posted responses to similar inquires here on SailNet. Do a search on "322" and it will turn up my previous posts.

Short version. We are happy with the boat. To touch on your major points:

It sails well -- initially tender but seems to "lock in" around 20 degrees of heel. Before we added a traveller control our boat developed a lot of weather helm when the winds got over 15 knots or so. The traveller seems to have tamed that.

I've not had engine problems but would say the engine is somewhat underpowered though I was able to make way upwind in a stiff 20+ knot chop.

Words of wisdom? Its a 32 footer with the layout of a 38 footer, they are available at a fraction of the cost of most boats with similar room and sailing qualities. We love ours. That said, it is an older production boat and will most likely need some TLC even if its in good shape. Get a good survey and if there are no major warts, buy it and sail the heck out of it!
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Hi Olga,I upgraded to a 322 from a Pearson 26,the 322 is a fast well mannered boat with lots of room and good looks.go for it .Chuck Windy C's
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any advice on a oday 25
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