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  1. sreidvt

    Was O'Day 28 Standing Headroom, Now Various Questions About 28 and 30

    I recently posted a question -- to an O'Day FB group -- about the 28's standing headroom (in the salon) and got replies which suggested that the newest models (maybe 1984 on) seem to have a maximum headroom of 5'11" while the older models have 6'1". If you know the headroom in your 28 would you...
  2. sreidvt

    Drill and Fill for Transom Holes?

    I've searched the forums here but have not yet seen an answer to this specific question. I'm wondering about whether or not it makes sense to use the same kind of technique on my transom holes that I am using for the deck holes. For the latter I am removing wood between the fiberglass skins...
  3. sreidvt

    O'Day 23-1, Stabilizing and strengthening the stern rail

    I don't know how many other O'Day (or other brand) models were made with a rickety push pit but if yours is one of them you may want to read on. On my 1974 23-1, the rear uprights supporting the stern rail were just press-fit into slots in the rail. I imagine this was done (46 years ago) to...
  4. sreidvt

    Choosing Between Two Transom Ladders For O'Day 23-1

    I've searched the SBO site and read a lot of posts about transom ladders. I'm now trying to decide which one of these two would be the best choice for my O'Day 23-1. I'll be reinforcing the transom (port and starboard) with large 1/4" thick sheets of aluminum bonded to the inner transom with...
  5. sreidvt

    Was: Mounting Height For Motor Bracket, Now: Backing Plate

    My boat is a 1974 O'Day 23-1 and I'm about to install a new, 4-position adjustable outboard bracket. My Honda outboard has a clamp bottom to cavitation plate distance of 22.5" so it is a long shaft model. I've been aiming for an outboard position that puts the cavitation plate about 6" below the...
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    Epoxy clay as reinforcing filler

    I am in the process of adding a teak beam (for a traveler) that will mount at the far ends (port and starboard) of my coamings. I've already modified the tiller so that it now pivots (vertically) inward of this traveler beam. The beam is mounted to two riser teak blocks (one on each end) and...
  7. sreidvt

    Anyone looking for crew in Florida

    Hi All, I am working down in Daytona Beach until March 17 and then will be around Daytona/Salt Springs for another week afterwards. If anyone is looking for crew on the weekdays of March 18 - 22 please feel free to PM me. I am usually based in Vermont, have been sailing since 1978 and...
  8. sreidvt

    O'Day 23-1 Tacking And Handling

    I am (hopefully) close to done restoring a 1974 23-1 that should splash next summer. I bought it in 2014 and have not yet sailed it. But I did used to teach sailing and have been enjoying the sport since 1976. My other boat right now is a Mirage 5.5 with a true swing keel. I know the O'Day 23...
  9. sreidvt

    Found close color match gelcoat

    This may be old news to many on this forum but... In the process of rebuilding the poptop on my 1974 O'Day 23 I discovered a gelcoat that is a pretty close match to the slightly off-white color my boat has faded to (or started out as 43 years ago?). Works well for spot gelcoat repairs because...
  10. sreidvt

    Recoring 23 Partial Pop-Top With Foam or Other Synthetic?

    My boat is a somewhat rare 1974 O'Day 23 partial pop-top. I haven't yet pulled off the upper fiberglass skin of the poptop (which also holds the hatch slider of course) but I think some of the core wood underneath may be rotten. Is there a synthetic material (maybe some type of foam) that I can...
  11. sreidvt

    Mounting Height Of Outboard Motor Mount

    Hi All, I'm still restoring the 1974 O'Day 23 Pop-Top I bought last fall so I have not ever seen it in the water (the pic. at left was made by the previous owner). I'm installing a new (more stable) motor mount and will be moving my Honda 5 long shaft over from my Mirage 5.5. Having done...
  12. sreidvt

    O'Day 23-1 Mainsheet block on aft stay

    Hello, My two O'Day 23s are under tarps and snow right now but on Weds. I was able to bring the running rigging from each boat (pulled earlier this year) into a sailmaker to be checked over. Looks like I can get one decent set by combining the best stays from each boat. Stay lengths are...
  13. sreidvt

    Deck Hardware on 23-1: Screws or Bolts

    Deck Hardware on 23-1: Access To Nuts It's a bit too cold up here in VT to start rebedding the deck hardware on the 1974 O'Day 23 Convertible I just bought. So I don't want to start turning screws or bolts that I'm not ready to seal up after (to find out how they're connected). In general...
  14. sreidvt

    Introduction: Bought a 1974 O'Day 23 Convertible

    Hello All, Have been working my way through many pages of old forum posts and am looking forward to being part of things here. I just bought a 1974 O'Day 23 Convertible (partial pop-top) in pretty solid condition. Am starting to do some fixes now since it is a warm fall week in Vermont...
  15. sreidvt

    O'Day 23-1 1973

    Hello all, first post. I've gone through the first 70 or so pages of threads on this forum and have learned more about this boat but still have questions. I know the centerboard may get bound up in the keel but am very curious as to any other thoughts about the boat. Common trouble...