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    O'day Widgeon conversion to workboat

    My basis for that statement is 8 years of Widgeon ownership experience, 24 years of Day Sailer ownership, 38 years of CAL 21 ownership (ballasted fin-keel), and having studied Yacht Design through the WESTLAWN course. 55 years of general boating experience, most in small sailboats and rowboats...
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    O'day Widgeon conversion to workboat

    First, the Widgeon is more of a planning hull than displacement hull. But, you are correct that on any boat with a ballast keel removing the mast WILL make her roll quicker due to a change in the Metacentric height, the mast tends to dampen out the roll by it's moment of inertia, balancing out...
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    O'day Widgeon conversion to workboat

    The Widgeon does not depend on it's unballasted centerboard for stability. The CB only serves to provide DIRECTIONAL stability, ie: aid in steering and prevent leeway while sailing. I am a former Widgeon owner and have experience with the boat in the water without the mast, unlike a keel boat...
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    Long shaft vs short shaft

    Even with those adjustable brackets, The long-shaft, 20" (or even x-long shaft, 25") will allow keeping the powerhead higher above the water than you can with a short-shaft. Waves and powerboat wakes will lift the stern up sometimes lifting the outboard out of the water, but they also can wash...
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    Javelin Manual

    I checked, they sell just copies of the original Rigging Instruction sheet.
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    Javelin Manual

    Dan was nice enough to provide a link to his Manual on the Javelin Sailors Yahoo Group, hopefully I am OK posting the link here. I have been working on creating my own JAVELIN Manual based on the Original O'DAY Rigging Instruction sheet, but stopped when I found the Javelin Association had one...
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    Oday 19 No DeadLights

    Originally, the only sources for light and ventilation in the O"DAY 19 cabin were the forward hatch and main hatch, not sure if side ports/windows were offered as options (not on option list in 1979). Later years (1981-83, might have been optional in 1980) did have small fixed windows on the...
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    Daysailer Cabin

    Well, O'DAY did offer cushions for the cuddy as an option on the DS II for several years, so it is "possible"! Sleeping in the DS (II or III) Cuddy would be one small step up from a small tent in that the "roof" would never collapse during the night! You would definitely need a vent (preferably...
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    BOAT SERIAL NUMBER

    No, If the Class# (or serial #) is 0659, then this is the 659th O'DAY 28 built, or at least that is her official assigned Hull/Class/Serial Number (see my previous post about the possibility of different Factories using separate blocks of Class/Serial numbers). My DS II is Class# 10201 and she...
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    1970 O'Day Widgeon Restoration

    The Mainsail clew (outer, lower corner) should be at least 3-6" and maybe more forward of the boom end when sail is set up normally. See picture below. In stronger winds you want to be able to have room to tighten the foot of the sail more to flatten it and "depower" or reduce the "belly" of the...
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    How old is my Javelin?

    The fact that this boat has that metal plate with a HULL# and CLASS# on it tells you that she was built prior to the November 1, 1972 start of the USCG-Required 12-Digt Hull ID Numbers. So, you do not actually have an HIN (although States now issue HINs for older boats when you apply for a Title...
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    BOAT SERIAL NUMBER

    Like several other Boat builders, O'DAY actually had more than one Factory, although I'm not sure if the 28 was built anywhere other than the Fall River, MA plant. It appears that (based on other models) O'DAY may have issued "blocks" of Class#s (like 0659 on your boat) to each Factory and as...
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    Small O'Day 20 mod

    Can be done, in fact required on vessels over 39.4', but at much greater power load than the 1 mile visible ones. And, actually....... a small (under 22') sailboat can "get away with" going without the standard NavLights and just carry a white lantern (large Flashlight) that can be shown in...
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    Small O'Day 20 mod

    The white light would need to be visible from 2 miles, the red and green sidelights for a 20' boat only need to be visible from 1 mile. The 2 mile standard for the red/green lights is for 39.4' to less than 65'. There is a very important specification beyond just the 1 or 2 mile standard in...