Designed by Allen P. Gurney.
One of the photos shows a twin-keel O'Day 27 -- does anyone have information about
this? I have to wonder if it was a factory experiment or a custom design.
(Photo submissions are welcome)
Mast above water
HIN model code (fourth character)
1972 - 1978
340 sq. ft.
201 - 204
Advertising that featured the O'Day 27
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From Mike Reilly on 05/01/2000:
(O'Day 27 Brochure text reproduced here, brochure in too poor condition to scan)
The O'Day 27...for size and price, she really has no competition. But still, we're making design
modifications to improve her performance and appearance. And her value to you.
In 1975 we designed a better performing balanced spade rudder with skeg. Less wetted area. Better
speed. The new keel modification lowers the ballast and improves control and stability. Wheel
steering is optional.
Below decks are new interior fabrics and colors with coordinated table and formica counter tops.
Enclosed head, with mirrored sliding doors.
Main cabin with folding table and storage lockers, 6' headroom. Sleeps six. Throughout the interior,
we've used rich, hand-oiled teak wood extensively. Pin rails have been added in the cabin and head for
added storage. She's the ultimate in 27' sailing yachts. Responsive and comfortable.
For '76, we've relocated the galley aft near the main companionway. The cook will enjoy more space
and save steps serving the cockpit crew. Galley includes sink, water pump, family sized water tank,
recessed stove area, 4+ cubic foot ice box, and plenty of storage space.
Our 1976 Standard Equipment is almost endless, including main, jib, boom vang, 4" berth cushions,
V-berth insert, bilge pump, bow pulpit, curtains, halyard winch, self-contained head, jiffy reefing, life
lines, outboard bracket, two burner alcohol stove...plus many other items to make your sailing more
O'Day 27...Sail Away price of $12,590. Includes main, jib, boom vang and a long list of standard
For equipment list, catalog and pricing, send $1 to Dept. 19. Backed with O'Day's 2 Year Gold Medal
O'Day Press Releases
For release October 14, 1975
Contact Robie Pierce 617-678-5291
O'Day 27 Race results
HOW FAST IS AN O'DAY 27?
1975 Summer Race results -- "American Pie"
A "Shoed" O'Day 27 -- "Personalized but not customized". All results in M.O.R.C. division
Buzzards Bay Tower Race (54 mile overnight) 1st
Block Island Race Week 5th out of 42 boats
Edgartown Regatta 1st 3rd 1st overall
Buzzards Regatta 1st 1st 1st 1st overall
Jewett Bowl 1st 1st 1st overall
M.O.R.C. International 5th Class 14th overall (48 boats 22 in class)
Stonington, Connecticut 1st Production Boat
Station 32 M.O.R.C. Lincoln Trophy
We mention the above not to brag about our good fortune, but to give
you dealers some ammunition in your sales effort. In an O'Day 27 you
have the best of all worlds; top quality construction, extrodinary (sic)
cruising boat, and one of the most competitive boats under 30' available
today. All at an affordable price.
If you or your customer desires more information as to ratings, sails,
equipment set up on "American Pie", drop me a line or give me a call.
Next year we are looking forward to trying the shower on one of those
long downwinded legs, while the custom competition is rolling around
on their full campered flat decks. Get going on the race boat built
to the "COMFORT RULE."
Another Press release (undated)
The new O'Day 27 sloop outperformed a whole herd of larger boats in races
during her first four days in the water.
At the Beverly Yacht Club annual regatta held at Marion, Mass. in August,
the O'Day 27, skippered by O'Day Vice Pres., Jim Hunt, was first overall
following a first and second place in two days of competition.
Each race was over a 20 mile course in light to 12 knot winds.
The smallest boat in the fleet, the O'Day 27, won the first race by a considerable
margin. The following day, the O'Day boat placed second, beating every competitor
boat for boat except for a 44 footer.
Hunt's crew included his wife Ellen and three children, and Bourne and
The new Gurney designed sloop from O'Day sleeps six and will be displayed at
boat shows in Newport, Annapolis, Stamford, and at Atlatic Highlands this Fall
and at the New York Boat Show next year.
O'Day 27 brochures