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Pre86 O''''Day vs Post 86 O''''day

I currently have a 1986 ODay192 and looking to move up. I''ve been told that latter Odays were not built to the same quality standards as earlier models. Also, did the hull bottom change. I saw a 1984 Oday28 fin keel in Mystic Conn. and the bottom was flat similar to my 19''. In the same yard was a 272 and its hull bottom was more ''V'' shaped. Does the hull shape affect the ride in choppy waters?
 

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Odays changed their designs through the years. The cruising boats were never designed or built for the discriminating buyer but are a good value for cruising long island sound. The more V shaped the hull the less pounding you will get in the sloppy water. The more V the less interior space...
 

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I agree that the O''Day boats did not improve as they became newer. I considered an 86 O''Day 28 and found it only had a single cylinder diesel wheezer for a motor. Purchased a Pearson 28 and it is a much better boat all around. Look at details like the ports and interior quality. Suggest you look at other brands.
 

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Thanks for the infor Peter and Kaare. I saw an 1989 Oday280 and was I surprised at how small it was compared to the 84 Oday28. The quality of the interior was poor. I like your suggestion about the Pearsons. I was informed by the boat yard broker that an 86 Pearson will soon be on the selling block. Looks good.
 

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Pre86 O''''Day vs Post 86 O''''day

While shopping for a used sailboat boat in the 28 ft range, I recently had the opportunity to examine a 1982 O''Day and a 1989 O''Day literaly side by side. The ''82 was a better boat in every respect.
 

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The O'day 28 was a completely different boat from the 280. The 28 was earlier models built for the O'day yacht line and was much wider,heavier, and better sailing boat. The 280 was basically a 272 hull with a new deck and interior. It was a really dog of a boat. It was one of the last models that O'day built and helped put O''day out of business. I also don,t believe that any of the O'day 28s were manufactured with 1 cylinder engines although some of the early ones had OMC saildrives.
 
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