This is the opening volley to what I hope is an ongoing discussion about the O'day 272 or O'day 272LE. I have owned our 1986 model for five years having bought it from a fellow sailor who moved up to a 32' Hunter. He had owned the larger boat for a couple of years and the 272 had existed quite happily on the hard during that time just waiting for me, I guess... At any rate, because she had not been in the water for three or four seasons total since she was new, she was (is) in bristol condition. I have made several upgrades on the boat, mostly in the line of comfort and utility below. The only major change I have made on the outside is the purchase of a new suit of sails for the 1998 season. She now sports a 155% Genoa made from rather heavy-weight dacron. The heavier weight material was chosen because I cruise and want to use the sail under a variety of conditions, including heavy weather. The CDI furling system was on the boat and I upgraded the drum two years ago. The main is now full-battened with a mild roach. These sails have made a world of difference in both speed and handling. There are other points to discuss later, but the most pressing question I have for anyone listening has to do with balance and trim. Our boat has always been heavy in the bow. There is an anchor locker on the bow and before last year I stored a Fortress FX-13, 25 ft. of chain and 300 ft. of 1/2" nylon rode in that locker. Someone said that that was obviously the reason for the heaviness on the bow, so last year I moved the entire ground tackle system to the stern, stowing it in the quarter berth, sans cushion. Result...she is still heavy in the bow even though I moved the weight to the other end of the boat!!! Any ideas? My trim question has to do with a definite starboard list. I attribute it to the fact that the head, galley, batteries and lazerette are all on the starboard side with only the water tank on the port side to counterbalance the weight. The funny part of all this is that there is an obvious speed increase when I sail on starboard tack because (I assume) the extra weight on that side keeps the boat more upright in almost all winds. Port tack lags because (I assume) the boat heels more and the sails are not as efficient at that degree of heel. If there is anyone out there who has or has had these problems with a 272 or any other boat, I would appreciate your suggestions... or even telling me to "get over it"