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post #17 of Old 01-05-2020
KayakerChuck
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Re: Review Your Own Boat

1983 O'Day 22

Roomy (We are semi reformed backpackers.)
Fast (She travels at 65 mph, then takes about 45 minutes to get in the water.)
Floats in 18" of water. (TowBoat US has shown up a few times to "rescue" us from our anchorage.)
Fun (She sails like the big dingy she is.)

She actually sails nicely, once I put new sails on her. Please don't judge her based on the performance of the 40 year old original sails! Obviously, she is the wrong boat if you want to cross a big ocean. She might do OK crossing a smaller one, like the Atlantic, if you can always find a harbor to duck into if the weather threatens ;-)

They are old boats at this point, with all the old boat problems. But, at 22', no problem is really too big. Check the cored decks VERY carefully for rot/moisture.

I've got about $8,000 in mine, I can probably sell her for about $3500. But, I've rebuilt most everything to my standards, have a sidescan fishfinder, solar power, and some other "ridiculous" upgrades. My favorite upgrade was dyneema rigging. A few pounds saved raising the mast helps, and we have no more worries about kinking the stainless stays.
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