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Boat Reviews By Owners

1986 -- 21' 9" O'DAY

Model: 222

Cockpit: The cockpit has room for about four people. The visibility over the cabin is good. The boat is great for trolling a lure or going into a shallow cove of 2 feet of water.

Cabin: The cabin sleeps four, but two is about the most for a boat this size, or two adults and two children would be okay. This boat is great for coastal cruising with two people.

Construction: My 222 is built well. The only big problem with these boats are the fiberglass tip up rudders. Most O'Day rudders were made in two pieces and put together and pumped with foam. I've broke two. I had a solid one made for me by Rudy Nickerson of D&R Marine. Problem solved. The side chainplate "L" brackets have been known to break. O'Day 25 chainplates solved that problem on my boat. Rudy has all the parts for O'Days.

Handling: This boat is an excellent sailer. She's fast if you install a traveler near the companionway. She can be single handed very easy if you install winches on the coaming for the Jenny. She also handles great under power using the rudder and outboard together. I use and Autohelm ST 1000+ about 98% of the time and wouldn't sail without one. Seaworthy? I've sailed her to Block Island, Cuttyhumk and Martha's Vineyard and she sails with the best of them.

Engine Room: I use a 1999 Johnson 8 Hp Sailmaster engine to propel this boat with no problems.

General Comments: When I bought this boat new in the boat show back in 1986, I had no idea how I was going to trailer it and put up the mast by myself. I went out and bought an Oldmobile to pull it and with the Load-Rite roller trailer that came with it, this boat was easy to put in the water. I developed a mast crotch that fit on my stern rail that allowed me to raise and lower the mast by myself. Last year, I installed bottom paint for the first time ever on her hull, and I also built a Gin pole with bridles so that I could raise and lower my mast with my 4:1 ratio boom vang hooked to my bow chain plate. I also added a roller to my rear mast crotch so that I can just roll the mast back in position to align the hinge Tabernackal plate. I've since bought a GMC pick-up truck to tow the boat, and a Long boat trailer with flat bunks to float her on and this works well for me. The only thing that I can really say about this boat is, that it's not the stock O'Day boat that it was when I first bought it. I've done many modifications to her over the years that are too numerous to mention. These are great little boats, but they do have their bugs that need attention. The only thing that I could really use right now to make this boat complete, is a roller furler. This new mast raising system that I built will also raise a mast with the furler connected. I've seen it work on my friend's boat, and I know it can be done.

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Date Submitted: 2006-06-15

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