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By the way, you asked about price. Here's the NADA value for the 1980 model:
1980 O'Day O'DAY 25 Standard Equipment, Boat Value, Boat Price & Craft Specs | NADAguides

It's $4300 - $4900. But the higher number is the "average" retail, and, I'd guess that that corresponds to boats in "average" condition, and doesn't include the engine. If the boat actually looks like the boat in the ad, and if she has been as well maintained as she appears, $5500 isn't bad. I'd still see what I could do about getting an even better price ($4,000-$4,500 initial offer) but that's me.

Good luck and let us know what happens!
 

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Thank you all, as always!

Caleb and Faster, thanks for clearing that up. Very helpful.

Jimgo, i have a Balboa 20 right now, with a swing keel. It is a very basic boat and have been looking for something more substantial and more stable. Excellent list of things to look for. I will be looking at it this weekend and will report back as to what i find.

Steve
 

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I looked closely at an O'Day 25 before buying the Catalina 25 that I had. It was actually very similar to my Catalina 25 in specs: fin keel and tall rig.

The O'Day had a bit larger interior (mostly a couple of inches more headroom) than the Catalina, but overall construction methods and quality felt pretty similar. In some ways I actually prefer the simplicity of the lower budget cruising boats that leave out headliners (those hide problems) and have simple fiberglass interior liners that are easy to maintain, but hard to customize.

We passed on the O'Day primarily due to a crack in the mast that was not very well dealt with. I don't think that is an O'Day issue in general, it was probably just something on this boat.

I've raced against a few O'Day 25s in the Catalina and performance seems to be pretty similar. I think that size of boat can be a lot of fun to sail and race.
 

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O25 is a very stout boat! I'm always amazed how much alike all oday models are.
 

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O25 is a very stout boat! I'm always amazed how much alike all oday models are.
I have looked at a few bigger boats on Yacht World and that is exactly what always strikes me is you look at the interior of say a 30 and a 35 and it is really hard to tell which is which. I really like the openness of there cabins. There is definitely an O'Day "look" and it is pretty nice.
 

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One of the differences between the Oday and other boats is the swing keel/centerboard.
On some the ballast is in the swing keel. They require a winch mechanism to raise and lower the heavy swing keel.
The O'day swing centerboard, weighing only 65lbs, does not need a winch. Not even a wire cable. Only a 1/4" pendant line that runs through a tube and exits at the rear of the keel. Then it attaches to the centerboard with a shackle. Very simple arrangement. The board swings on a large nylon pin held in by nylon wedges and metal plates. These are attached at the bottom of the keel and require little maintenance. If you can drop the CB you can inspect the pendant attachment. If the CB goes up and down smoothly you are good. If the pendant is frayed it is an easy fix. In the cockpit photo it shows the pendant cleated under the bridge deck.
I'm told that 1980 was the last year before O'day started to thin out the fiberglass so it is a very rugged boat.
There are two O'day 26s in our marina, which are basically the same boat with minor improvements. Both are diesel and the owners love them. Direct drive.
Except for the diesel the mechanics of the 25 are very basic, which is why I chose mine.
With the options shown/listed I think the price is reasonable if the mechanics check out OK.
 

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My good friend owns a late 70's O'day 25 swing keel.

He paid $5500 (the asking price) 2-3 years ago and it came with a trailer that was in good condition.
The boat looks to be in similar condition (from the photos).
His came with a secondary roller furling for a genoa that does not use the forestay.
The engine was a Zephyr sail drive.
Wheel steering.
Old depth finder and VHF.

So I would say that you might have some wiggle room.
As I said, he paid the asking price, but, he refuses to try and negotiate a price on anything :(
 

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Rob, i was thinking that since most every other Oday 25 i have seen for sale includes the trailer, and this one doesn't, that it would be a good reason to start lower on the price. I was thinking $4k.
 

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Siiiiiighhhhh.......was just informed the boat was sold. Was supposed to look at it tomorrow morning. DAMN. Thanks all for helping out. Maybe next time. :(
 

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Oh, that stinks. Sorry to hear it! Keep looking, though...you'll find the right boat eventually. One way to look at it, if you believe in fate, is that the boat clearly wasn't meant to be yours in the first place, and it was taken out of the picture so you'll be sure to find the right boat for you.
 
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