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New O'Day 25 owner

Discussion in 'Ask An Oday Owner' started by John Tubb, Feb 14, 2017 at 5:46 PM. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Tuesday
    7 posts, 0 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Huntsville, AL Guntersville, AL
    My wife and I have wanted a sail boat for years, this year seemed like the right time with kids now 11 and 13. I started looking seriously a month ago and found mostly trashed boats or twice our budget.

    This weekend we found a 76 O'Day 25 local to check out. Unfortunately it was terrible, not used in 2-3 years, rot in all the usual places, and an owner who really just didn't take care of her. The good part was we liked the size and layout, so I added O'Day to my searches.

    Then Sunday night I checked new listings and there it was another O'Day 25, it was even in the marine I had decided was the one I would put our future boat in. Pictures looked promising, but so had the others. Price was good but there had to be something wrong with it. Our experience showed boats look better in photos then in real life

    Owner was a great southern gentleman and straight told me his issues and listened to my needs. At the end I felt this was promising and worth another 1hr drive. Monday was my best option with the week ahead so we loaded up after work and headed out to check her out.

    Owner was great and arranged for us to check her out on our own, time. The main issue he noted was a leaking knot meter transducer in the bow. I did note the compression spar was black at the bottom, about 3/4", but still reasonably firm. Port chain plate bulkhead was solid, starboard was a bit crushed at the top 2 bolts, but dry. Paint was still very good, a fresh polish will make her shine great. Sails are crisp, and neatly stored and careed for, vs is seeing others crumple up and not clean. Everything was as clean in person as the photos. Called the owner back that night and we aggreed on a price and will do a demo sail to check everything out in 2 weeks on the water.

    I have a marina lined up for removing and patching the transducer hole and plan to address the wood myself. We are very excited but I want to make sure she sails as good as she looks for her age. Any thing to look out for would be appreciated.
     


    Last edited: Feb 17, 2017 at 6:54 PM
  2. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    1,294 posts, 47 likes
    Oday 25
    US Barnegat, NJ
    Welcome to the forum and Welcome to being an O'day owner. Of course I am partial but I think you'll like the 25. It sounds good from your post. Finding with an open owner who obviously took care of his boat is a good find.
    Enjoy!
     


  3. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Tuesday
    7 posts, 0 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Huntsville, AL Guntersville, AL
    Thank you Ward, I used the forum for my homework on the first O'Day and was very helpful. The plan this year is to address the issues above. We as a family need to learn our boat and then if it goes well plan the next changes.

    Oh for the forum, am I a Day Sailor or larger boat?
     


  4. cb32863

    cb32863

    Joined Jun 29, 2010
    657 posts, 34 likes
    Beneteau First 235
    US Lake Minnetonka, MN
    I would have a real good look at the compression post and especially that bulkhead. I owned a 25 a few years ago, they are notorious for leaking at the chain plate deck penetration. There should not be any deformation of a bulkhead. Having a chain plate tear out and bring down your mast is a sure fire way to ruin a day. What is "reasonably firm" in regards to structural components?

    EDIT: Also check the mast deck plate and core there for water intrusion. Another place that leaks a lot. I recored that area on mine before I sold it. I had to redo the bulkheads over the winter I first owned it as well.
     


  5. njlarry

    njlarry

    Joined Sep 23, 2009
    983 posts, 49 likes
    O'Day 34-At Last
    US Rock Hall, Md
    Hi John, welcome aboard. The 25 is a beautiful boat. Sounds like the prior owner maintained her sell and was easy to deal with. Use the long winter evenings to read thru prior posts in the oday forum. Lots of great help there.
    Good luck.
     


  6. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Tuesday
    7 posts, 0 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Huntsville, AL Guntersville, AL
    Thanks all, I plan to address the both the chain plate and compression post issues. My comment was given the previous boats I had seen advertised ready to sail and there was signifigantly more damage, so this looked good compared to them.
     


  7. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    1,294 posts, 47 likes
    Oday 25
    US Barnegat, NJ
    John,
    Most posts about 25's are posted in the Day Sailor section but you can always post in the Ask An Oday Sailor. In Bigger Boats you will usually find 27 or greater.
    Enjoy!
     


  8. Douginmd

    Douginmd

    Joined Thursday
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Okay 25
    US North East, Md North East Md
    Hi John,
    I just bought an O'day 25 this week as well. I am in the Mid Atlantic area so won't be doing any sailing for at least another month or so. This is my 3rd O'day. My father had a Day Sailer when I was growing up, and my wife and I bought a 222 some years back that we sailed for a number of years. I think that they are great boats...very reliable and well built. It would be nice to keep in touch with you as a fellow new owner.
    Doug
     


  9. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Tuesday
    7 posts, 0 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Huntsville, AL Guntersville, AL
    Awesome and congratulations. We are new at sail boats but really like the layout and condition is great. I have a blue notebook with needs, wants and info I have learned.
     


  10. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Tuesday
    7 posts, 0 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Huntsville, AL Guntersville, AL
    So I know that I will need to address the bulkheads and compression post so I've been doing some research online. Obviously the best approach is to tear out everything, replace and seal any leaks. I'm a bit curious because most of the post I have looked at show large post, in the 4x4 size with 3/4" bulkheads (these are not O'Day 25 BTW). As I recall from my inspection the post in the O'Day is a 2x4 and the bulkheards didn't look that think to me, maybe 1/2". Is the O'Day Fiberglass significantly overbuilt in these areas to allow the smaller post and bulkheads? I honestly saw very little gel coat cracking in the top deck and nothing around the mast or chain plates.

    I know there are a couple of thoughts over do it and add more because that has to be "better", but if this boat is in as good of shape it is in right now and the wood is 40+ years old, I really can't see why not just replace with what was there instead. Our plans are very much limited to learning and sailing on the Lake Guntersville / TN River area. No intentions of any long journeys or significant sailing in bad weather.
     


  11. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    1,294 posts, 47 likes
    Oday 25
    US Barnegat, NJ
    John,
    These O'days lasted this long as built so no need to over engineer it now. Just replace with same size. Much easer to do I'm sure.
     


  12. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Tuesday
    7 posts, 0 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Huntsville, AL Guntersville, AL
    Thanks, I'm learning it is easy to get a bit carried away with these boats. I have to remember we are learning and seeing how this will work for us this year. Down the road we can either keep her and upgrade or move up. Not sure but sort of depends on where we plan to go in our sailing journey.
     



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