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    I have owned motorboats for the last 25 years. Lake Michigan is 5 min from home. I've only been on 1 sailboat, 35 years ago. I'll take sailing lessons from the marina and know a few friends that I'm sure would be helpful. Would this boat be too much for a total rookie to handle? I'll only use it on decent days and will trailer it. Thanks in advance for any advice!

  • #2
    That is an easy boat to sail. Hopefully, the sails are in good shape and not all blown out.
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    • #3
      With a couple of lessons that would be a simple boat to sail.

      Overall not a bad starter sailboat if its in good shape and has decent sails.

      Sails could cost more than the boat.


      • #4
        ^^^^ Yep - Check the sails. Having a 6HP kicker on back is a plus.

        I have a few friends that used to sail 20 ft. O'Days and enjoyed them.
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        • #5
          O'Day 20 . . . make sure the keel and rudder are in working order. Pretty easy to handle, given that you have been around boats for a while. Just learn the mechanics of sailing and you will be fine. The wind is free

          You will want to practice setting up the mast at home before allowing yourself to be YouTube fodder at the launch ramp. Have some help the first few times. Plenty of YouTube videos on mast raising, etc.

          I bought an O'Day Mariner 19 for similar money last year. Already refinished the keel and now working on the hull.
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          • #6
            I was going to tag Ted, however i see he already found this thread
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            • #7
              My first boat was an O'Day 23. Loved that boat. Easy to sail. This will be too.
              Hang on a minute, I'm overthinking this.

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              • #8
                Just what I wanted to hear. I'll be off to look it over tomorrow. I had already read Ted's post from last year before I posted this. And I really won't worry about being ramp fodder. I'll make sure I got it down before I go. Thanks guys.


                • #9
                  Great choice for a first sail boat. I just sold my O'Day 19. Time to move up a bit. In reference to sailing Lake Michigan and I'm sure you know this, just beware that she can turn ugly fast. was out last Tues on a 23 ft and enjoying 3 ft waves and decent winds. On lake Mich I sail mostly out of McKinley.

                  There are a few sailing clubs in Racine and Milwaukee that you can join to receive lessons if you want, plus get in contact with other local sailors that way.

                  I will say that boat is ok to single but much more fun with at least one crew. One of the reasons I am thinking about going bigger is because I didn't enjoy standing the mast and tuning rigging everytime I wanted to sail.

                  BTW I'm sure you know this but may forget as you go out. Unlike a motorboat with a sailboat make sure you look up as you are launching it. trees and wires are everywhere. LOL

                  http://oday.sailboatowners.com/ a site you may find very helpful

                  if you need crew let me know. I am always looking to ride the wind.


                  • #10
                    It'll only be used out of the Racine harbor. I have been out when the lake turned from glass to 8-10' in a matter of minutes, I'm well aware of how it can get. It's time to downsize the fleet from 3 to 2. I have a 20' bow rider, a 16' bassboat And A 16' Ski boat. The 2 16's are on there way out of my yard.. In a few years after I learn the ropes of wind power, I hope to step up in size. I want something I can circle the lake in. And wind power has to be cheaper than gas or diesel for that!


                    • #11
                      LOL I figured you would be well versed in Great Lake Habits LOL

                      I am in the same boat sort of. eventually wanting to sail across or around the big lake. have started looking into 23-27 footers now. big enough to go out and play a bit. my eventual goal is 35 footer.


                      • #12
                        This boat was not quite what I expected. I'll keep my eyes open though, the bug has bitten. The wife already has 2footitis.


                        • #13
                          CV16 - if you're willing to make the drive, watch the Nashville and Atlanta markets. Sailboats are still reasonably big here, but they can't get used real hard because the wind just doesn't blow that hard through the hills.

                          Wait for your pitch. A lot of sailboats get neglected before they get sold.


                          • #14
                            I will be patient. Is going 25' going to be too much for a rookie? I'd like to have 4 adults comfortable on it.


                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by CV16 View Post
                              Is going 25' going to be too much for a rookie?
                              If ya' say "no," it makes it sound easier than it is. If ya' say "yes," you negate the fact that plenty of people have done it before.

                              I think a boat (power or sail) over 24' is considerably different than a boat (power or sail) under 24'. There's probably another break up the length scale even further, but I don't know where. All of the elements - size, mass, hull style, etc. - just work different. So, there's that consideration.

                              It's a sail boat, and not a power boat. Again, just very different type of operation. Plus you're going to trailer it, so you'll likely have a swing keel or shoal keel - and that's even different. Not to mention trailer launching, stepping the mast and rigging the sails every time you wanna' go out. So, now you have two aspects to learn going straight to a 25' - bigger boat and sailing a bigger boat.

                              BUT - you said you're going to take lessons. I would take them while looking for a boat, not after you get one. You'll learn a lot about the boats, likes and dislikes, cockpit space, potential pitfalls of trailering and the things that will consternate a nice day sailing. Ultimately, I think if you take the sailing lessons first, you should do fine with the 25'.

                              BTW - just based on something you said earlier: if you're looking at sailing simply for fuel savings, bail out now. The folks who I've run into who've done it for that reason wound up not liking it. Too much work getting the boat out on the water. Sailing is MUCH more involvement with the boat moment by moment. You've got to want that kind of experience to enjoy it. I don't think that's what you're doing, but I thought I'd say it just in case.