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Boat Reviews By Owners

1988 -- 24' 7" O'DAY

Model: 240

Cockpit: Everything on this sloop is gracious and oversized. Single lifelines with full ss stern pulpit supports ss grill to overboard. Full cockpit length and depth sail locker; ventilated gas tank locker, 6 gals. Super contoured seats w/beveled edges., deep for good leg room. Room for several people, large, high deck bridge supports 6" compass / keeps water from cabin. Cutout transom for any sized outboard. Deck filler for potable water. Molded-in winch handle holder. Good visibility over coach roof and plenty of room for instruments on coach sides. Coach sides are angled for easy lounging as backrest. Great nonskid molded-in everywhere it is needed.

Cabin: Fantastic! Unbelievable room for everything above and below deck. Large gangway and plenty of light and ventilation with forward hatch, opening port above galley and long port/starboard port lights. Enclosed head w/standing room with teak door, wet hanging room and stowage bin with large porta-potty. Could be changed over to thru-hull/holding tank permanent Style easily. Full length mirror on inside of door. Lots of light w/dome light and opening port light for ventilation. 7 foot double berth aft, dome light, full length teak ceiling one side, can be closed off from main cabin with addition of screen. Double "v" berth sleeps any length persons using drop down table for support. Table has room left for alarm, glasses etc. Table also rises to coach roof to offer more salon room to just lounge. Galley has pressure cold water from 12 gal plastic tank, ss sink w/ thru hull., finest alcohol two burner stove. Stowage cabinet and large portable ice cooler. Ladder is strong with bottom step over large leak-proof battery compartment. Lots of teak in the right places and easy to keep clean. Stowage under all seats fore and aft. Standing for me is restricted to the hatchway but the galley and head are easy to reach there too. Two adults can easily spend time on deck or below with full comfort and privacy.

Construction: Winged keel (draft is 2' 8") is great for gunk holing but would prefer metal to fiberglass construction. However, no problems with it so far. Single lifelines are higher than most 24 footers with full pulpits bow and stern. I would prefer fiberglass liner to carpet headliner. I have sailed in all kinds of conditions and never doubted the quality of construction.

Handling: I cut the ss motor mount in order to lower the prop so it would not pop out of the waves in larger waters or in storms. Standing rigging allows adjustments to rake angle of mast. Points into wind average, all other points of sail are excellent. Genoa will ghost but loves 8 to 14 knots of breeze. Heels easily in gusts. Powers well in moderate to heavy wind, furls easily on roller furling. Main has reefing point but not easy to rig. Needs main to point itís highest. Rudder has mech. stop on motor side to prevent contact but restricts, slightly, turning on that side; when needed will spin like a top to opposite side. High topsides make for a dry sail in most all conditions and cockpit drains without puddles with opening in transom. Heels easily with full sail in heavy gusts but finds it's balance point and stays there until the rudder looses it's bite; then heads into the wind and rights itself. Absolutely predictable.

Engine Room: 10 hp Honda. Sits in easy access transom cut-out. Starts on first pull. Great on lakes and takes hull to full speed at 7.5 knots with help of a little wind. Cruses at 6 knots (no wind) if one doesn't mind the noise; quieter at 4.5 knots. I installed quiet foam in hood-cover; nice. Needs a larger prop for high water-current sailing grounds, though. Gas locker has room for standard 6 gal. plastic tank; easy access, well vented.

General Comments: I have sailed several lakes; It is easy to trailer behind full size 6 cylinder pick-up. The mast can be taken up and down by two able bodied men; rigging is simple and easy. Also did a little coastal crusing on at least one two week trip in the shallow ACE Basin of South Carolina coast. I love her as a lounging weekender in either coastal or lake.

Email Address: Will e-mail pictures and other comments for those interested...

Date Submitted: 2005-12-16

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