The feeling you get from owning a boat is a little like sex. If you've owned a boat, no
explanation is necessary...and if you haven't, no explanation is possible.
Here are some photos and comments sent in by O'Day owners. If you're one of them,
you will understand how we feel. If you don't have an O'Day, then buy one! You'll love
being part of the O'Day owners community.
Jeff and Sandra Beach sent in this shot of their 1988 O'Day 302, "Outlook",
showing Jeff and a friend from his office playing hooky from work on a
beautiful day in early September 2006. "What a great boat, I love it! Wish they
were still being made in the U.S.", said Jeff.
"My wife and I are 51 with two teenage children. We live in Latham, New York;
just north of the State's capital, Albany. We sail out of Willsboro Bay Marina on
the western shore of Lake Champlain. Don't have nearly the sailing season
that you do, but do enjoy Lake Champlain a lot. It's incredibly beautiful;
sandwiched in between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack
Mountains of New York with some great sailing. Most all of our sailing
excursions are daysails or 2-3 day cruises.
We bought our boat in 2004 at Navy Point Marina in Sackets Harbor, NY
(eastern Lake Ontario) and had it hauled to Lake Champlain.
Prior to buying Outlook, we had a C&C 24 for many years. "
Don Phillips sent in this picture of his restored 1959 O'Day Ospray under sail
on High Rock Lake near Southmont, North Carolina. On board is owner, Don
Phillips, and his daughter Kathryn. Photo by John Evers, who helped in the
"When I bought it for $200 it had been sitting in the weeds behind a tire store
for 15 years. I knew it would float because it had about 100 gallons of
rainwater in it and did not leak! All the wood had to be restored, but the hull
was fine. I replaced the decking with treated lumber (stained to look like the
original mahogany) and replaced the coaming with 1/2" mahogany, using the
originals as patterns. Some paint scraping revealed the original color which
was matched in polyurethane enamel. The hull is original and is unpainted.
The original sails still worked, but were too fragile to trust-- especially in a
good blow. Replacement sails were made by Porpoise Sails using the
original sail plan. The sail number "51" matches the hull number. When I
was sailing it in the Intercoastal Waterway near Emerald Isle, NC, some
boats would actually turn around and come back for another look!"
Stan Clark from Pearland, Texas sent in this peaceful picture of his O'Day
222, "Panda", shown here at the dock after a day of sailing Galveston Bay.
Rich Breeden from Bridgeport, CT emailed this shot of his 1985 O'Day 31,
"Jill E" , on the right, rafted up to a friend's newer O'Day. The picture was
taken at Port Jefferson, Long Island, while they were enjoying a beautiful
weekend at anchor.
Sheryl Groenenberg sends us this postcard from paradise, Nanny
Cay Marina on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. This O’Day 40,
now called “Glass Slipper”, was originally named “Sea Venture”,
and was in a charter fleet that was wiped out by a hurricane that
passed through St. Thomas. “She was left unattended in Paraquita
Bay, a hurricane hole here in Tortola, by her last owners for 7 years,
during which she sank to about 1 ½’ above her floorboards for
about a year. My husband did a remarkable job restoring her
although it took quite a lot of love and money. She was bought to fix
and sell, but we just couldn’t do it. No one would pay the price we
wanted for her and that price goes up every time we go sailing.”
Dr. Don Weatherman sent in this picture of a January sailing class
on his O'Day 25, sponsored by Erskine College at the Western
Carolina Sailing Club on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.
John Tracy sent in this photo of his O'Day 34 and the story behind it.
"Here’s our O’Day 34, “Rosetta Stone”, on a beam/broad reach in the 1000
Islands (we were about 2 miles west of Clayton, NY).
To explain the name of the boat, my dad and I were similar in ways defined by
nature and nurture, but we were also different people as are any separated by
generation. But one thing we both enjoyed together was sailing. Despite my
wanderings of adolescence, we always reunited and enjoyed quality time
while sailing together. It kept us close. He passed away from Alzheimer’s 5
years ago. When I think about him I tease that I’d love to have his help during
spring commissioning. Every boat he owned was in near-showroom
condition mostly due to his own take on life about “all work being noble”, and
“a man’s clothes don’t define him but they do declare him”. But it was also
partly due to the slave labor of his kids. I was banking on his help when I had
my own boat! His boats were modest but always dressed for Sunday. My
daughter just turned 2 the other day and I’m buying her Fisher-Price power
tools to condition her for waxing and sanding duty in a few years.
We have a plaque on the bulkhead in the salon that reads:
Rosetta Stone (n.) 1. a black basalt stone found in 1799 that bears an
inscription in hieroglyphics, demotic characters, and Greek which is
celebrated for having given the first clue to the decipherment of Egyptian
hieroglyphics; 2. one that gives a clue to understanding
Sailing was my family’s Rosetta Stone. I’m hopeful that it will continue to be
Barry Lenoble sent in this picture of his 1986 O'day 35, "Day To Remember",
resting on her mooring in Mt. Sinai harbor, New York.
Lorraine and Michael Fetzer sail their 1978 O'Day 28, "Slowpoke", in Lake
Huron. The boat is shown here at their private dock in Grand Bend, Ontario.
Scott Boehm sent in this picture of a spectacular sunrise. Says Scott,
"Had a good photo op at 5AM the morning of June 24th this year. Woke
up to a bright orange hue to the v-berth. Opened the forward hatch of
Karma our 1981 O'Day 34 and snapped this pic.
We sail in the Chesapeake Bay. Karma was acquired last year and had
spent the past 24 months on the hard after Isabelle. Her fuel tank sprung
a leak and mixed with the months of rain coming in the from the
portlights. She was a mess inside and out. Just got her in the water this
spring and am looking forward to sailing her around the bay."
Scott, I'm sure we can relate! There's another picture of Karma on the
O'Day 34 model page.
Herschel Hughes, Jr. contributed this photo of his 1959 O'Day Sprite,
"Laddie II". He says, "The original sail number has been lost to memory.
We are on our third renovation, second mast (original was wood), second
boom (original wood, too), third transom (first two wood also), and third
set of sails, but it is a really clean and fun little boat. We sail it on the
lakes of central Florida. We have two primary uses for the boat (1) to
teach our younger family members to sail and (2) to get the old-timers
together for a "good old times" sail once or twice a year. We have also
added oar locks so we can use it as a dinghy with our MacGregor 26X
when needed. "
Jack Finucan sent in this picture of "Ladyhawke", an O'Day 302. Says
Jack, " We owned (Ladyhawke) from November 1987 to August 1990 and
it was the perfect boat."
Ben Kowalski contributed this photo of his 1987 O'Day 222. Ben says, "I
bought my O'Day 222 about 2 years ago, and named her 2nd Wind. She
was built in 1987 and I think I'm her third owner. The O'Day 222 is easy to
sail and trailer, and I enjoy sailing her in the desert lakes of Arizona. While
sailing here is dry and very pleasant during Fall (4-months), Winter
(2-weeks) and Spring (4-months), Summertime (forever) is a bit intense,
and a trip to the mountain lakes makes a refreshing weekend overnighter."
Betcha didn't know that George O'Day dabbled in the powerboat market.
Eddy in Rhode Island is the proud new owner of this 1987 O'Day Mirage
20 CC. He purchased it for $2,400 from a motorcycle dealer who took it
as a trade-in.
After the sea trial Eddy stated "Well she floats! AND she flies! Started
right up and off we went on a very quick run. The Bay was flat, but the
weather was COLD! Too bad the season is over because the boat is
GREAT. 4 guys, plenty of room, very stable. I almost wish it was a little
more choppy out there to see how the O'day handles it!"
Bill and Michelle Moretti contributed this lovely sunset shot. Says Bill, "Left
my job in NYC early on this beautiful July afternoon, after all it's "5 o’clock
Somewhere", which just happens to be the name of our O’day 23, to go
for an evening sail with my family on the Great South Bay off of Sayville,
Long Island. "
Tony Frandino Jr. sent in this snapshot and says, "This is our boat and my
wife Jen. Can you guess where we are? In Cape Cod on the North side
of Strong Island in Pleasant Bay, simply stunning. We are going back this
summer and will be staying on the bay in Little Pleasant Bay area, oh we
can't wait. The boat is a 1969 O'Day Daysailer and I've had it for about 19
years. She's in ship shape with teak floor boards and a new jib (old one
shown here). She's big enough for me, my first mate - son Tony (9), 2nd
mate - son Chris (7), and the Admiral, Jen. Paisano's slip is in our
backyard in Rensselaer, NY! We pull it around with our little Honda CRV."
Joseph and Brenda Riolo recently experienced one of life's two happiest
days, and sent in this lovely picture to commemorate the occasion. "We
are pleased to announce that we have purchased this 1983 O'Day 34 as
our first sailboat. We took delivery on the last weekend of August 2007,
and we have enjoyed it completely until putting her to bed for the winter the
first week of December. We had the graphics changed, and the new
name, Trading Places, is displayed on the sides. She was purchased in
Mamaroneck, NY, from a great owner who gave her the very best care.
She is kept at Spicers Marina in Noank, CT. See you on the Sound."
Mike Colucci, an active member of the O'Day owner's list on SailNet, sent
in this photo of his 1982 O'Day 28, "DaCapo". Says Mike, "Here I am on
the hook in 'The Gulf' just off of Milford, Connecticut, on Long Island
Sound, for the 5th annual O'Day Owner's 'rOnDAYvous'".
Peter English contributed this view of Lower Manhattan taken from his
1977 O'Day 27, "Fan Go Foill", taken during a southerly pass down the
East River under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. "The East River run
passes the east side of the Greatest City on Earth and is an exhilarating
and wondrous passage with all the city landmarks in full view.", says
Peter. "This capture was done while traveling from the Pete D and Mike C
rOnDAYvous in Milford Connecticut in July 2007. "
Bobby and Mary Tripp recently took possession of their 1978 O'Day 32,
which they re-christened "Windy Tripp". The boat is shown here at its new
home port of Newport, North Carolina.
Joe Walworth sent in this picture and said "This is our O'Day 302, Sans
Souci, the day we brought her home. The boat is a 1988 and we sail her
in Lake Michigan"
Bill Pellegrino has finished the refit of his 1973 O'Day 23, "Sogni Dolci",
and it didn't come out half bad. He also took the time to create a web site
with some pictures of the refit, which you can find at
Louis Peek sent in this picture of his pride and joy, an O'Day Ospray. Says
Louis, "I've named her "Let's Roll" in honor of Todd Beamer from United
Flight 93 and painted her red, white, and blue. She is Hull #5983 and
Class #482! (circa 1964??) I think those are the original sails as well! I've
had her out on Lake Keuka, Hammondsport, NY with four aboard, and she
went like hell!"
Kenny Chidester sent in this lovely sunset photo of his O'Day 34, "Irish
Mist". Says Kenny, "We bought our 1982 O'Day 34 back in July of 2007
and sail it regularly on Lake Ouachita, which is located just outside of Hot
Springs, Arkansas. This picture was taken on a Sunday evening and as
you can see it was just too nice of an evening to go home early."