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O''''Day 40 live aboard/blue water

Reading the 100,000.00 Posts, and deeply appreciate the honesty and thoughts people have If I may, I have these questions to ask:
There are a few O''Day 40''s for sale, and the owners reviews are positive.
What do people think of buying this boat for use as alive-aboard? If one were to sail this boat around the world would they make it? I am currently in a 26'' sailboat and going to take the next step soon.
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O''''Day 40 live aboard/blue water

I have not owned nor sailed an O''Day 40, but I have researched them and inspected one. I thought I would reply as no one else has as yet.

Practical Sailor implies that the boats are built fairly well but definately not bluewater. Most other reviews seem to re-state that position and label the boats as costal cruisers only. There were several things that I found not to my liking when I looked at one (in excellent shape by the way). My gripes came to a focus when, in the aft cabin (not a true cabin really), I looked up to see that the cockpit above appeared to be nothing more than a thin liner screwed to the hull.

The boat could cerainly be a livaboard (I had a friend who lived on a Pearson Triton 28). With its light, questionable design/construction details and balsa cored hull (I am in the camp against cored hulls for offshore and distance cruising), I think the authors who considered it a coastal cruiser were probably correct.

I do not mean to disparage the boat, PS went on to say it was a cut above Hunters. I just hope this limited view is somewhat helpful.
 

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O''''Day 40 live aboard/blue water

Liveaboard yes. Blue water, NO. Most ODays are handsome looking boats but there were many design and manufacturing issues. Yes,
in many cases a cut above Hunter but below
Beneteau. You can see this reflected in the
resale value of the boats. I''d take one of
the older Hunters (like the 37) over an ODay.
 

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I have friends who have extensively cruised in two different O''Day 37''s and would do it again in a heart beat!!!
 
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