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Hi, so I'm new to sailing but not being on the water(power boats). So I'm looking at a 1982 30' oday, needs work has a universal atomic...i wanna know if this boat will be ok for wherever I wanna go, mainly from FL to Bahamas, and maybe even jumping over to Europe from there
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Re: 82 30 O'Day

Hello,

In decent weather that boat would be fine for going to the bahamas. No, it would no be suitable for heading to Europe from there. After a few weeks in the Bahamas you would understand why. It would be too small, not enough space for water, food, gear, etc. The O'day 30 is a coastal cruiser and not designed to cross oceans.

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BarryL, thank you, that's kinda what I was thinking too, I'm very good at roughing it but with essentials being an issue, yea don't wanna die hahahah, I'll keep looking
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I fully agree with BarryL. I owned a 1979 O'Day 30, one of the first.

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...i wanna know if this boat will be ok for wherever I wanna go, mainly from FL to Bahamas, and maybe even jumping over to Europe from there
You got the answer to the question you asked, but I want to jump in and answer the question you didn't ask:

Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. There are a lot more (and a lot cheaper) boats like the O30 that can happily coastal-cruise the Bahamas and the rest of the Caribbean - where you can plan passages based on weather windows, and expect to be able to find water and at least some provisioning when you get there.

Crossing the pond would demand a lot more of you and the boat. I think most people would want to be at 35'+ at least, and a much more restricted list of appropriate models.

Why worry about that if you're not there yet? Get the boat that fits your needs NOW, and go sailing NOW. If you get to the point you want the boat that will take you further, sell your boat for what you paid for it.

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I somewhat agree, but "twofootitis" strains ones finances.
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It's definitely a project boat here are a few pics it does have its mast no sails though
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Chris get the water pumped out of the bilge, dry it out and then send up close pics. Let's see those bolts.

Also see if you can see the chainplates. Major plus if they're exposed and bolted to the bulkheads. Best possible decoration for a boat.

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Re: 82 30 O'Day

Note that just a cleanup doesn't make it a project boat. It's major projects like fixing a wet deck, rebuilding or replacing the engine, etc. Note that a new set of sails is going to run about $4000.

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NO sails huh, someone removed them if you're not buying from that guy its not good at all. Used ones are available, I wouldn't but that's just me. My boat had Sails but I replaced them anyway, go figure. Be extra careful, there are too many 30' Boats out there just not worth fixing up. I would go with one ready to sail and being used regularly. They are all constant maintenance adding too much that needs to be fixed can put you in a bad spot easily.
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