O'Day Day Sailer II CYANE

Our 1971 O'Day Daysailer II CYANE. She has been in the family since 2000, the Father In Law picked her up from Alabama. We got the Skipper's Knife in 2011 and Capn Jack ships on as crew now. Previous DSII was in the family from 1996-2000. A lovely collaboration between Uffa Fox and George O'Day, she'll fly if you turn her loose.

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From Sailing

17 Sep 13:

The flat hull aft on the Day Sailer makes it tricky to get back on the trailer, so we added some trailer guides to assist. Our local trailer manufacturer Eddie English in Milton, FL sells a nice trailer guide kit that comes with trailer brackets, steel guide posts and PVC rollers.

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The guide brackets bolt onto the trailer frame. In order to get the right size guide it is important to know the size of your frame, the width of the frame and the beam of the boat.

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The guide bolts into the frame and the PVC roller fits over the guide. These guides are pretty tall, but now I can see where the trailer is when backing up without the boat loaded. Before it was too low to see.

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17 Mar 13:

Ordered a new self bailer for our ODay Day Sailer II. It is the same as a Sunfish bailer except it has a longer neck. And it was more expensive. So if the bottom part of the bailer on you O'Day gets damaged, just buy a Sunfish bailer and scavenge the bottom part.

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01 Mar 13:

CYANE is getting a new Loadrite galvanized trailer:

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Back in May 2013 we added a topping lift to our Day Sailer mast. We wanted to keep the sail on the boat, wanted to use the boom to support a rain tarp and also wanted to keep the boom from dropping into the cockpit when the sail comes down. Most of the time we sail with a smaller main on sail slides, so that allows us to keep the sail on the boom.

Added a Harken micro cheek block to the top of the mast, secured with stainless screws.

Every time I get around line, my Navy ancestors like to mess with this Marine and here's what happens with the line. That's why the Marine Corps emblem's Eagle Globe and Anchor has a fouled line around it, to signify our maritime skills :)

50 feet of New England Rope's 1/8 inch nylon line, 2000 pound test. Sold in 50 foot packs at West Marine, usually hidden in a basket back with the other line.

Nylon cleat at base of the mast.

Used a small shackle to secure the lift to the boom. Also that say we added a small block for the outhaul so it will rig and adjust easier.

Topping lift makes a good place to host a yacht ensign. You can see the smaller main that we use, it has sail slides and we can get it up and down easier.

Dolphin following CYANE in the Bay. We tried out a smaller mainsail on sail slides and liked it for our mess abouts, haven't gone back since to the DS main, maybe some day.

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15 Mar 14: Changed bunks on O'Day Day Sailer trailer to 2x6, moved them out and made them longer.

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Next we will put in bunks to support the keel.

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22 Jun 2014: Took the Day Sailer out for a few hours, explored Chimney Cove and practiced ghosting.

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CYANE insisted on going wing and wing for a bit.

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Capn Jack sailing CYANE.

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Skipper and Capn Jack, 2 generations of sailors on CYANE.

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16 Nov 15:

Made a rudder uphaul for launching and beaching. Also got a picture of the repaired centerboard, it had swelled from water intrusion. The repair involved removing the delaminated plywood, replacing it, sealing with epoxy and fiberglass, fairing sanding and bottom paint.

2015: Breaking in the Suzuki 4 stroke 2.5 hp. Quiet, pushes the boat over 5 knots at 1/2 throttle.


27 Dec 16:

Nice day, light wind, 72F, so why not go for a motor/sail/paddle/stand up paddle? One of the great things about the Daysailer, she will float in a teaspoon of water with her centerboard and pop up rudder. We were able to launch and recover from the beach with no issues. As you may notice, over the Summer we had Zern Rigging change the jib over to roller furling, and added rigging for a spinnaker. Also had a mainsail cover made so she can live on the strap lift.

Skipper drove and we flew the spinnaker!

23 Aug 17:

Here's our dock wagon, we use it to carry out the rudder, outboard, life jackets, lunch bag and tool box.

Our checklist, with revisions.

24 Aug 17:

CYANE on the strap lift.

05 Sep 17:

Downrigged CYANE so we could take her over to Eddie English and get her fit to her new old trailer. During the evolution the bow eye snapped due to corrosion and the clamp holding the lower mast in place snapped as well.

Discovered that the inspection ports leaked, used the wet vac to remove about 50 gallons, probably came in during the 35 inches of rain that we had in July and August.

Checked out the bilge and bow compartments, they are in good shape. Centerboard bolt and nut are in great shape.

Drain tube that lets water drain past stringer to the bilge is busted out here, needs to be replaced.

Forward bilge.

Aft bilge.

Video tour.

Bow Compartment flotation foam removed to access bow eye nut.

Lots of room up here!

30 Sep 17:

Got some trailer work done to fit CYANE to her new trailer. New rollers, axle, springs, hubs and tires. Eddie English does great work for us!

Boat was moved aft just a bit to set a good tongue weight. I couldn't lift it before and now I can, so I'm guessing it is around 80 pounds.

Eddie's crew replaced all of the rollers with HDPE non marking rollers. The new brackets are galvanized and fastened with stainless hardware, shiny!

New 1500 pound axle, new springs sized for the trailer/boat combo. This roller is set to support the centerboard and keep it in the case.

8 foot carpeted bunks and LED lights. Skipper says leave ONKAHYE's name on there, CYANE kind of like it.

Eddie has sold us 2 trailers, repaired 4, and built us 2. Plus helped us upgrade several more with trailer guides. We always enjoy visiting his business and seeing the wizardry in progress. If you need a trailer, give him a call and tell him Small Boat Restoration sent you.

A few of the mast fittings. Cheek block for the topping lift.

Spinnaker halyard, roller furling and jib halyard block for regular jib.

Spinnaker pole line block.

Preparations to raise the mast.

After the mast went up we installed the new bow eye. Upgraded to U bolt style, located spot for second 3/8 inch hole. We bedded the new eye in TotalBoat thickened epoxy to fill in the chipped area.

Opened inspection port to bow compartment and removed a few foam blocks. Bow eye bolts coming through the stem backer strip, it's wooden for some reason.

Tightened down the nuts.

Foam blocks returned to the bow compartment and inspection port closed up.

Faired the bow eye plate with some TotalBoat THIXO.

Mast up, 8x10 cockpit cover installed.

20 May 18:

Took CYANE out for a day sail, ran the Suzuki 2 1/2 for a bit after we got a new carb.

Had a little traffic in the bay.

We like that we can run the Day Sailer right up onto the beach.

15 Aug 18:

Took the first few steps to get the name redone on CYANE's transom, part of the vinyl peeled off in the car wash oh just a few years back, maybe like 7. As usual the Cobbler's children have no shoes, all the foster boats get attention first and we get to our Fleet on an erratic basis. 30 plus boats have come and gone and we have some time for our boats now, while we take a breath before working on a couple of wooden Alcorts.

So what we did first was move CYANE from the boat lift to her trailer. I planned to do it all but Skipper couldn't stand it and she did the Sea Tow duties to get CYANE from the dock over to the ramp. Her best African Queen impersonation.

I barely got the trailer positioned before CYANE and Skipper showed up. We keep telling people on a shoal, but I don't think they get it. Maybe this picture will help out, they are about 200 feet offshore, water just over knee deep. That's why we love our muck about centerboard boats and Sunfish..

So right now CYANE thinks her name is Cjane, we thought about changing it because Skipper has an ancestor named Catherine Jane. But we will stick with CYANE, named for one of the ships that Lt Benjamin F. B. Hunter served aboard during his time in the Pacific Squadron.

Our buddies at See Level Graphics are working on new vinyl. At a minimum, we will sand the transom and repaint Pettit Ice Blue. But most likely we might freshen up the entire paint job while she is ashore. Summer sailing here in the heat lends itself more to short jaunts on the Sunfish and Penobscot, longer trips are best in the Runabout so we have a nice breeze.

24 Nov 18:

Hurricane season is coming to a close and the temps are more enjoyable, so we launched CYANE to put her back on the strap lift. Paint and graphics will have to wait, we pressure washed her and she still looks pretty good! Weather should be nice for a day sail over the next few weeks.

01 Dec 18:

Upgraded the trailer with LED post lights. Read our article on Small Boats Monthly.

25 Jan 19:

From the web archive for The American Sailboat Hall of Fame:

In 1956 George D. O’Day’s day job was selling insurance in Boston. At night he was importing sailboats designed by Uffa Fox, the famous British designer who had earned a worldwide reputation for innovative dinghy designs including those for the developmental International 14 class. O’Day, who was an enthusiastic International 14 sailor, had met Fox a year or so earlier and the two had started a friendship and a collaboration that would last for many years.

Not long after the two had met O’Day told Fox about his concept for a 17-foot fiberglass boat that would appeal to the emerging family market in America. O’Day envisioned a centerboarder that would have a beam of about 6 feet, flotation fore and aft, a small cuddy cabin, and an aluminum mast and boom. The two traded ideas and plans back and forth across the Atlantic and then, early in 1958, the two finally agreed on the lines and the general layout for the boat that O’Day would call the Day Sailer.

The boats were built in a small facility in Fall River, Massachusetts, and O’Day marketed them from his office in Boston.

Even though Fox never did accept O’Day’s cuddy, O’Day was equally adamant that it was a crucial part of whatever success the boat would have. “That enclosure was the perfect answer for cold kids and new sailors,” O’Day would say later.

But there were other features, many of them revolutionary at the time, that helped make the boat an immediate success. It had an outboard bracket, a spinnaker and reasonably comfortable sleeping arrangements for two.

O’Day also placed the boom almost three feet above deck, which made it possible to put a canvas tent over the boom and create even more living space.

The Day Sailer was built for more than 20 years by the O’Day Corporation, and is currently being produced by Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co. And even though there were minor modifications along the way and a name change from Day Sailer 1 to Day Sailer 2, the planing hull that Fox had created and the cuddy cabin and special features that O’Day had insisted upon remained essentially unchanged.

More than 13,000 Day Sailers have been built since hull number one rolled out of the Fall River plant almost 45 years ago (1958), and today there are more than 60 active Day Sailer fleets in North America. Each year, the class hosts more than 30 regional and national regattas that emphasize family participation for the boat’s two-person racing crews. The Day Sailer has more than delivered on the promises put forth by its creators so many years ago. It is a boat that is spirited but also forgiving enough so that it can be sailed easily by beginners of almost any age. And it has been a favorite for generations of families who want to experience the pleasure that comes when a design is matched perfectly to the wind that brings it to life.

-Text Credit: Charles Mason. 2003.
-Images: Small Boat Restoration

Editor: We have enjoyed Day Sailers since the late 1990s, our 1971 DSII CYANE is a good sporty compliment to our Drascombe Lugger ONKAHYE and our Sunfish fleet. Easy to trail, easy to rig and store. We added a mast tabernacle, roller furling, a topping lift and spinnaker rigging. She is the dolphin's favorite, they show up every time we take her out.

03 May 19:

Our poor 1971 O'Day DaySailer Cyane has been Cjane for 8 years now after a mishap at a car wash. We have been wanting to get her fixed back up, but you know the saying, the cobbler's children have no shoes. So we did some serious yak shaving, started off thinking we'd just sand the transom and repaint it. Skipper noted that the previous decal had been damaged at a car wash, so why not use the pressure washer to take the rest of it off? By the time we were done we had pulled out 350 feet of hose and the pressure washer, sprayed the transom and bottom, removed the gudgeons, sanded the transom and bottom, rolled and tipped a coat of Pettit EZPoxy Blue Ice, reinstalled the gudgeons, painted the boot stripe with TotalBoat WetEdge Oyster White and applied the new vinyl name decal.

The Big Reveal.

04 May 19:

Put our 1971 O'Day DaySailer II CYANE back on her trailer so we can sand and paint. Pumped the bilge, had some rain water from recent deluges leak inside. Sanded the deck and topsides with 120 grit on a DeWALT random orbital sander. Uncovered an artifact on the stern, didn't realize that the boat used to have an O'day logo just forward of the transom. Covered her back up until the rain passes through.

05 May 19:

Used a Mighty Mini Roller kit from Jamestown Distributors with a 2 inch angled sash brush from Lowes to roll and tip the deck of CYANE with Total Boat Wet Edge Oyster White, thinned 5% with TotalBoat thinner. Rolled and tipped the sides with Pettit EZPoxy Blue Ice. Did the top first so we didn't drip on the sides.

Sprayed the cuddy wit Rustoleum Semi Gloss White.


08 May 19:

15 May 19:

The centerboard uphaul cleat on CYANE was loose and too small. We replaced it with a cam cleat. Drilled a small pilot hole and installed with marine grade stainless screws.

While we had the tools out we replaced a worn cleat that is used for the roller furling line.

We changed the main sail from the small Petrel main back to the Day Sailer main, then rigged the boat so we could take some photos for an article in Small Boats Monthly.

She launched easily from her trailer.

Skipper snapped some photos. We love how the Day Sailer can glide right up onto the beach.

Sail number 4624. 1971, one of the first DS IIs.

Mast tabernacle.

Our boat was converted over to roller furling. We left the jib halyard block and also added a halyard for a spinnaker.

Spinnaker pole block.

Attachment point for spinnaker pole.


Roller furling drum.

Furling line routed through fairleads back to the cockpit cleat.

Beach life.

Back on the lift to watch the moon rise.

26 May 19:

Capn Jack drafted a sailing checklist for the family's Day Sailer II a few years back, we took it and transcribed it in our new fangled Mac computer, and printed it out. He kept it handy at all times.

CYANE started off as an Alabama boat, then she went to Texas and then to Florida. When the checklist was digitized she was a Texas gal, registration TX 3305 KB.



Make Coffee
Check Weather Wind and Tide
Call Skipper
Sailing knife (spare)
U.S. Flag

Life jackets (#__)
Throwable device cushion
Visual Daytime Signal (VDS)
Fire Extinguisher (if gasoline onboard)
First Aid Kit
Cell phone
Weather radio
Compass and charts
Deck shoes
Trash bags

Water and ice in Aladdin jug

Tool kit w spare parts
Tie ties
Drain plugs
Dock lines
Bow line
Boom Rudder
Tiller (spare)
Anchor and rode
Motor with gas or battery

Tie down straps

Drain plugs - In
Boat strap - Off
US Flag - Hoist
Halyards - Check
Mainmast - Step
-Roller Furling - Rig
-Forestay - Secure
Boom - Rig
Boomvang - Rig
Sails - Bend
Jibsheet - Rig
Mainsheet - Rig
Sails - Check
Centerboard - Up
Rudder - Rig
Tiller - Rig

Secure kids
Ramp recon
-Powerlines, ramp sides and end
Drain plugs
Boat strap
Rudder up

Centerboard down
Rudder down
Tiller free and clear
Unfurl jib
Raise main
Get under way

21 Jun 19:

The boat that built a company....from a 1981 advert by Bangor Punta Marine...

1981: "Olympic Gold Medal sailor George O'Day had a vision. a swift, easily sailed boat that could be built efficiently and at modest cost of low-maintenance materials. He went up to Uffa Fox, a versatile small boat designer with his parameters and the Day Sailer was born.

That was 25 years ago, and the Day Sailer II still has the same hull and sailplan as the original, but a superb boat has been made even better. The mast is now stepped on a tabernacle for easier rigging off the trailer. Cockpit and deck are designed for high buoyancy for self-rescuing in the event of a capsize. The cockpit has a built in ice box, provision for an outboard engine fuel tank, and a self bailer.

Both deck and cockpit colors are a soft, non-glare cream. And the hull and sail stripe are color-coordinated.

But what made the O'Day Day Sailer an instant success over 25 years is the soundness of her now classic design. This is the boat that quite rightly claims to have started American families daysailing.

Her handling is responsive without being skittish. Her powerful rig offers wonderful opportunity for speed, yet the novice will feel comfortable with her as sailing skills develop.

There's the safety of built-in permanent foam flotation, and a non-skid surface molded into seats, deck and cockpit sole. And she's remarkably stable, even in a stiff breeze.

You see Day Sailers everywhere, there are over 12,000 of them and they can be taken anywhere. And launched in less than a foot of water.

If you'd like to get together with other Day Sailer owners, you won't have any trouble finding them. At last count, there were 89 organized Day Sailer fleets across the country."

Standard Features:
Pleasure Group -
All hardware non-corrosive or stainless steel
Boom crutch
Built in icebox
Cockpit drain plug
Kick up rudder
Main and jib
Mooring and trailing bow eye
Storage locker
Transom designed for outboard
One year warranty

Accent Group -
Multi color coordinated sail and stripes
Anodized mast and boom

Safety Group -
Mast is filled with flotation
Non-skid deck and seats
Positive foam flotation
Roller reefing gooseneck (*needs reefing claw)
Self bailing cockpit
Self rescuing
Stainless steel rigging with swaged terminals
Thru bolted mooring cleats
Cockpit inspection/bailing ports

Performance Group -
Adjustable jib sheet leads
Best dacron running rigging
Quick relese cam cleat for mainsheet and jibsheets
Stainless steel turnbuckles

Options -
Block action outhaul
Boom vang
Cowl vent
Tiller extension - adjustable length
Wood cuddy enclosure - lockable

Editor's Note: Bangor Punta Marine was one of 8 builders of the Day Sailer through the years. The first builder was O'Day Manufacturing, other builders include Can-AM Sailcraft, Rebel, Spindrift, Precision, McLaughlin, Sunfish/Laser Inc. The current builder is Cape Cod Shipbuilding Company, give Wendy a call and order your new Day Sailer!

1971 O'Day Day Sailer II CYANE

Log of CYANE.

Image and Text Credits: Bangor Punta Marine

21 Jun 19:

CYANE has a tabernacle mast, and the lower mast section that goes through the cuddy down to the mast step needs to be secured so it does not come loose when raising or lowering the mast. Capn Jack had an ingenious solution, he put a rubber washer and hose clamp around the mast, just under the cuddy top, that way it could not be pulled out. But clamps not being what they used to be in the saltwater environment, it rusted out after only 19 years. We replaced it with a new marine grade stainless clamp.

Here is the clamp and the rubber washer. The washer insulates the stainless clamp from the aluminum mast, preventing dissimilar metal corrosion.

Working in the cuddy, we found it easier to put the clamp and washer on loosely down low, then slide it up to underneath the cuddy top.

Once the clamp was up at the top, we tightened the nut with a socket on a nut driver, easier than using a screwdriver.

The DS II mast step is about 1 inch high and affixed to the floor, the mast nestles over the top of it. We saw no indication of fasteners to secure the mast to the step.

Ready for the next adventure

01 Sep 19:

Hurricane Season in full swing, Dorian is crushing the Bahamas, and we are hauling the fleet to move North. First out was CYANE, followed by WILLOW. I positioned the trailer on the ramp next door while Skipper lowered the boats off the lifts, then I walked them over to the ramp. WILLOW snuck under the dock, the tide was low enough :)

03 Sep 19:

Set up the mast crutch for CYANE in prep to unstep her mast. Capn Jack designed v1.0, it rotted and I used it as a pattern to cut v2.0 out of a nice piece of tiger oak.

04 Sep 19:

Lowered CYANE's mast to get her ready for the road trip. First we hooked up the trailer so it wouldn't tip, then we took the boom and mainsail off and my little pirate disappeared with it.

Loosened the turnbuckles and took the forward pin out of the tabernacle.

Tied the bow line to the furler, ran the line through a shackle on the bow tang and cleated that line. Then we removed the clevis pin from the jib stay, loosed the line and slowly lowered the mast. One hand for the line and the other hand to keep the mast centered over the mast crutch.

(L-R) Spinnaker halyard block, jibstay/furler, jib halyard. CYANE can be set up with either a jib furler or her stock hanked on jib.

Skipper skippervising.

Used our Porter Cable cordless shop vac to get some rainwater out of the bilge. We keep the cuddy and ports covered with a tarp, but the rainwater got in there by running down the mast, out the cuddy drains and onto the inspection ports. The ports are original and need to be replaced, sealant failed also. New ports are on order.

Some detail shots of how things are secured for the road trip.

Ready for the road trip!

to be continued...

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O'Day Manufacturing Corporation


  1. What size trailer is your new one?

    1. It is a Load Rite 14F1000W. 1,000 pound capacity, 14' 6" maximum bow eye to transom, 4.80x12B tires, overall width 64” , width between fenders 49”, overall trailer length 16' 4" It held a Bucaneer 18 before, I have the bunks extended about 2 feet off the back of the trailer, and it is balanced well. It tows great. Load Rite also makes a 16 foot 1200 pound capacity trailer that should work as well.http://www.loadrite.com/GalvanizedTrailers-Bunk-Single.php

    2. Update 30 Sep 17: We got a new drop frame trailer for the Lugger Onkahye so Cyane got assigned to Onkahye's previous trailer, which has been in the family 25+ years. It is longer than the LoadRite so Cyane will ride a little more balanced aft. Our trailer guy Eddie put on a new tongue and everything else but the main frame, so it is ready to roll for another 25 years.

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