I fell off a Laser 2 while racing with the spinnaker flying in a 10 gusting to 15 breeze. My crewman was still on and tossed me a line and I was drug along behind the boat. As it slowed down to 1-2 knots I was able to grab the rudder blade and wrestle myself back aboard with help from my...
You're probably limited to about 10 HP. Buy a newer 4 stroke motor if your budget allows or a good reliable 2 stroke. Since the bay is known for currents you're going to want the max size your boat allows.
If you're new to boating, to take a Coast Guard safety class and find someone to teach...
Was the hole no reinforced or just a hole drilled/cast in lead? It's amazing that the factory design failed on such a relatively new boat!
I like the repairs you made and interested how it holds up long term.
I totally understand how a centerboard works but on an O'Day 25/26 the centerboard is a deployed under a shoal draft keel. With it up or "missing" this particular boat still has enough fix keel to provide good lateral resistance. The difference in pointing, VMG (speed) or whatever you like to...
I could never tell any difference on our Oday 26 with the board up or down. Always got the same speed. My wife actually said, "maybe you should dive under while she raises and lowers it to see if it's really there".
Good info as I'm in the market for a Suncat.
I have found the simplest way to find a leak. While on its trailer, add water via garden hose and crawl under the trailer to find the leak. Of course you'll need to start with a dry boat inside and out.
Always pays to check on local events and have a backup plan or reservation. I would totally write negative reviews since they never responded AND had the nerve to charge you. I'd probably had tied up anywhere and then let them find me.