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I have a o'day 30 I want to go ofshore sailing from Halifax to Bermuda and after to the Bahamas. Is it possible to do it or should look for an other boat?
I know That it seam a solid boat.
 

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Can it be done...yes, assuming weather is cooperative. But, you can't always count on weather and in this case, I want something that is considered a blue water boat to make a trip like that.
Hey, I like O'Day's and sorry they went out of business, but I don't consider that a blue water boat.
 

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It's about the Captain more than the boat! Are you a bluewater sailor? The boat is small but the trip is do-able....Dale
 

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Ask Denise030 - she sails one and does her own work on it.
 

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It's about the Captain more than the boat! Are you a bluewater sailor? The boat is small but the trip is do-able....Dale
Size isn't the primary concern here. There are boats made from the keel up to be blue water boats and there are boats made to be coastal cruisers. As much as I like my Catalina 34, there's no way in hell I'd take it out in the middle of the ocean. It just wasn't built for that purpose. Same for a 30' O'Day.
 

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Lots of smaller boats make blue water crossings, pick your window wisely! Know your weather, say your prayers....Dale
 

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Lots of smaller boats make blue water crossings, pick your window wisely! Know your weather, say your prayers....Dale
Like I said, size isn't the primary issue here and I know smaller boats have made these kinds of voyages. it's the difference between a boat that was built for blue water sailing vs. one that wasn't. A 30' O'Day is a coastal cruiser and was never built to cross oceans.
 

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Take a good look at the list of boats that have made blue water cruises. Many, many so called coastal cruisers are on that list. You have to use your head and do research, you have started that here. Most any where you might go, your boat likely will not be the first Oday to sail into that port. Sail her a lot, and if you have the confidence I have in mine, you will know if that is a trip you might make. If you check her build schedule you will find she is as well built as many successful off shore boats.
 

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People have crossed oceans in dinghys, Cal 20's, rowboats - you name it.

Possible and suitable are two very different things.
 

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O30 is a good boat.. but the BIG spade rudder worries me.

A skeg rudder would seem more robust for blue water. Other then that. the boat has allot of free board, stout standing rigging and a small cockpit, with 2 big drains that should have valves on the transom holes
Largest waves I've been in were at the top of Delaware Bay in a windy rain storm. the boat was fine.. my nerves.. eh.. it wasn't a first time, so I was ok. LOL a girl friend made coffee while the boat was crashing over through the 6-8 ft swells and many were crashing over bow, she loved it! LOL (shallow water = higher cadence of swells I think)

O30 is NOT a blue water boat imho, except maybe on well planned coastal passages. I don't think she could handle a real storm on the open seas. But I don't really know.
 

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I think I could change rigalio for a blue water boat I went to check one to day it's a van de stadt steal cutter it's not as delux as Rigalio but it have a brain new motor. Outch it would brake my hart to leave rigalio but I may have no choise.What should I do?:confused:
 

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I tkink I will replace m y o'day for a van de stadt steel cutter butt it's not the same interior I feel bad to let go sutch a good looking boat
 

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Not the boat I would sail to Bermuda, but fine for a trip down the ICW and then hop over to the Bahamas.
 

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I think you could go to Bermuda with your boat, but a few things to think about. Where do you want to go after the Bahamas? Could you go coastal at least as far as Newport, Chesapeake would be better. Offshore part is shorter, further south so less likely impact from depressions, plus angle on the Gulf Stream is better. What is your timing? The best time to go to Bermuda, say mid-May from Chesapeake gets you to Bahamas at beginning of hurricane season. Going after hurricane season at the beginning of November makes the Bermuda portion of the trip MUCH more challenging. Is the boat up to in terms of equipment and upgrades like new standing rigging. As others have said, are you up to it? If this is your first offshore experience you want everything on your side, route, schedule, boat readiness, crew.

Good luck with your planning.
 
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I am gonna sell the o'day 30 and I am bying a Van de stad steel cutter 30 it have a brain new ingine and the hull is in good condition does any one have anny knowing about van de stadt sail boat's
 

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I am gonna sell the o'day 30 and I am bying a Van de stad steel cutter 30 it have a brain new ingine and the hull is in good condition does any one have anny knowing about van de stadt sail boat's
Never heard of it so I looked it up on Sailboatdata.com. One thing jumped out at me and that is, it has a fairly lightweight keel, only 26% of total weight. If I'm out in the middle of the ocean, I want a lot more weight than that under my feet. Even my Catalina has more than 40% keel weight.
 

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the son of a friend tried to sail from Bridgewater NS to Bermuda but got hung up a couple times due to weather. his solution was to cradle the boat and ship it down in a container, meet it there and relaunch and sail around the Caribbean.

he now keeps the boat cradled there for the summer and fly's back each winter to sail again.

check out his story here.

twentyeightfeet

its a great story of a rebuild/restore of an older boat and its new life.
 
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