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Ok so I’m looking to buy my first sailboat. In my search over the past few weeks, I have been consistently lowering the size range of my search. This is due to practicality of learning to sail on a big boat, as well as the limited tow capacity of my truck.

I am now looking at an O’Day 17’ Daysailer. The boat is in very good condition, except that the benches have been removed. I am not sure why someone would remove the benches. Does anyone have any clue how I could go about replacing the benches? What kind of material would you use? Could I buy benches and anchor them to the boat?

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Ok so Im looking to buy my first sailboat. In my search over the past few weeks, I have been consistently lowering the size range of my search. This is due to practicality of learning to sail on a big boat, as well as the limited tow capacity of my truck.

I am now looking at an ODay 17 Daysailer. The boat is in very good condition, except that the benches have been removed. I am not sure why someone would remove the benches. Does anyone have any clue how I could go about replacing the benches? What kind of material would you use? Could I buy benches and anchor them to the boat?

I have a attached a picture of the boat.
The Daysailer has a great members association and there is tons of help on the forum. Go to daysailer.org and start searching, asking questions etc. It will be hard to find more support from any other group.
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DS17s are nice boats. Stable, sail well IMO.
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Re: O’Day Daysailer

Another vote for the Daysailer. On a more practical note: removed the benches?! How does one do that? I thought they were part of the cockpit? Hmmm. There are a couple of Oday websites that might offer some help: iheartodays.com and odayowners.com. You could also try Rudy at D&R Marine drmarine.com. Rudy used to work at Oday and has the molds and parts for a lot of the boats. Getting him on the phone can be a challenge, but he's a fount of information.

If you are looking at that size boat, you should also look at the Rhodes 19. Like the Daysailer, the Rhodes is a forgiving boat to learn on, and is still a blast to sail.
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Re: ODay Daysailer

Are you sure that is an ODay Daysailer? The stern, centerboard trunk, inside of the caddy cabin and lack of seats all look different from my Daysailer II.
If someone did remove the benches it looks like they did a nice job

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Are you sure that is an ODay Daysailer? The stern, centerboard trunk, inside of the caddy cabin and lack of seats all look different from my Daysailer II.
If someone did remove the benches it looks like they did a nice job
I am not certain, however that is what the owner called it. It looks like they went threw great effort to take the benches out. I can’t think of reason for it.

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Are you sure that is an ODay Daysailer? The stern, centerboard trunk, inside of the caddy cabin and lack of seats all look different from my Daysailer II.
If someone did remove the benches it looks like they did a nice job
Agreed. Doesn't look like my DS-II either.

I think that is a very heavily (and very well) restored DS-I with a couple modifications. (Not sure what year the DS to DS-II changeover happened, there may have been some production overlap. But probably a pre-1972-ish boat.)

The well at the transom, the open cuddy, and seats not being molded in as part of the deck give it away as the original DS. Why the seats were removed is a mystery. There really should be a reinforcing board across the cockpit to stabilize the CB trunk.

OP are you looking for a pretty DS or a cheap DS? I might be willing to part with mine cheap, but it is in pretty rough shape. Sails fine, but ugly.
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Re: ODay Daysailer

DeepDish,

Agreed, it is a DSI.

Oday22,

If you are going to race the preferred boat is the DSI as long as the hull is stiff and she weighs in correctly at 575 lbs. Check that because you never know how much weight has been added during a restoration. Also, contact the class measurer with regards to the replacement of the seats. If they are not located correctly, the boat will not measure in at sanctioned regattas. The thwart will also have to be reinstalled.

The open cuddy provides many more options for rigging, dropping the spinnaker into a basket, stowing the spinnaker pole etc. The DSII's are typically much heavier and don't provide the open access.

If you are not going to race, any of the DS versions will suit you just fine. The DS has a planing hull and that can be lots of fun.
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Re: O’Day Daysailer

The DS-1 had varnished mahogany seats and floor boards. They were pretty easy to remove for maintenance but were still a pain-in the butt to maintain. I assume they were removed in order to do the restoration and were in bad shape and so were not reinstalled. The thwart at the top of the centerboard trunk is a class required item if you race, but was also an important structural component.

By the way, a friend is restoring a boat that in all ways appears to be a DS II but it does not have the outboard motor well, and there is a bronze construction plate in the cuddy that shows it as being built by "Annapolis Boatbuilding" and hull No 240.

Does anyone have any idea what that is?

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Re: O’Day Daysailer

Possibly the PO found him or herself on the gunnels all the time, and didn't have any use for the benches?

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