Review of O'Day 23-2

Basic specs.

boat specifications
The O'Day 23-2 is a small sailboat designed by the maritime architect bureau C. Raymond Hunt Associates in the late seventies. The O'Day 23-2 is built by the American yard O'Day Corp..

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The hull is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season. And outside the sailing season, just bottom cleaning and perhaps anti-fouling painting once a year - a few hours of work, that's all.

The keel is a centerboard. A centerboard keel is a pivoting lifting keel, allowing to sail both coastal and inland waters. The keel is made of lead. Compared with iron, lead has the advantage of being 44% heavier, which allow a minor keel and hence less water resistance and higher speed. The boat can enter even shallow marinas as the draft is just about 0.69 - 0.79 meter (2.26 - 2.56 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Stability and Safety
What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?
The capsize screening value for O'Day 23-2 is 2.10, indicating that this boat would not be accepted to participate in ocean races.

Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed
What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?
The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 5.9 knots. The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster. The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.

Immersion rate
The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for O'Day 23-2 is about 95 kg/cm, alternative 537 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 95 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternative, if you load 537 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 22,000 boat types and 350,000 data points.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)
What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?
The l/b ratio for O'Day 23-2 is 2.91.

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Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 50% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen an average hull design.

Ballast Ratio
What is a Ballast Ratio?
The ballast ratio for O'Day 23-2 is 35%.

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This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 34% of all similar sailboat designs. A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) just below average.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)
What is Displacement Length Ratio?
The DL-ratio for O'Day 23-2 is 206 which categorizes this boat among 'light crusers & offshore racers'.

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50% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier. This boat has a precice average ratio between displacement and length!


Bottom Paint
When buying anti-fouling bottom paint, it's nice to know how much to buy. The surface of the wet bottom is about 18m2.
Based on this, your favourite maritime shop can tell you the quantity you need.

If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.

Guiding dimensions of running rig
Jib sheet 7.0 m(23.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Genoa sheet 7.0 m(23.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Mainsheet 17.5 m(57.5 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet15.4 m(50.6 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)

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