1985 O'Day 35 - Sold

$36,000 - 35 ft

John Hoenig
Location: Superior, WI
Hull Material: Fiberglass
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LOA: 35 ft
Beam: 11.33 ft


Total Power: 21 hp

Engine #1
Engine Brand: Universal
Engine Model: M-25
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Propeller: 2 Blade, Bronze
Drive Type: Direct
Engine Power: 21 horsepower


Fresh Water Tanks: 1 - 50 gallon
Fuel Tanks: 1 - 30 gallon
Holding Tanks: 1 - 18 gallon


Number of single berths: 2
Number of double berths: 2
Number of heads: 1


This 1985 O'Day 35 is a well loved and maintained boat with lots of upgrades to make it the perfect vessel for any sailor. This Freshwater O'Day 35 is equipped with a roller furling headsail.  The main was new in 2011 and in great condition. Full electronics package including Radar and Autopilot. Solar Panels. Included with the boat are a cradle and a brand new (2 seasons) Ship Shape winter cover. 


Custom catbird seats in the cockpit, we bought a full set of Bottomsider cockpit cushions and added the autopilot. The chartplotter and radar was added a couple of years later. The plotter is at the helm in a custom-built housing and the radar is on a custom-built tower on the transom. We also added a VHF ram mic at the helm. There is a foghorn/speaker on the radar tower where you can broadcast your voice, NOAA weather or the Jaws soundtrack.

The boat has a very sleek, swept back the dodger and a bimini. The dodger is low enough to see over it when sailing and motoring and it offers really great protection. There are also cockpit weathercloths on the lifelines port and starboard. There’s a connector panel between the dodger and bimini along with “the bubble of comfort” which is a clear curtain that zips to the back edge of the dodger to create a very comfortable dry space in the cockpit.


The boat has two ice boxes but the sellers use them for dry storage only.  There is a sliding tray for a Dometic refrigerator/freezer/cooler in the foot well of the nav station. New faucet in the galley 2019. The stove / Oven  is an Origo non-pressurized alcohol stove.

6 gallon water heater


Double in the v berth,

one settee converts into a double, the other is a single

There is a quarterberth behind the nav-station that is a huge single or a cozy double.

Sails & Rigging

A new fully battened mainsail was purchased around 2011 and is still in great condition. There is a 150% genoa and a new 100% jib. We sail with the 100% jib almost exclusively. The boat loves to be reefed and it doesn’t take much to keep her moving. The 150% is fun but it really feels overpowered most of the time and it loses all of its shape if you try to reef it. Most of the halyards and reefing lines are controlled at the mast but the traveler and mainsheet are led to the cockpit. The headsail is on a Harken roller furler. A new Garhauer rigid boom vang was added around 2017 which eliminates the need for a topping lift. There’s also an anchor sail onboard.


Around 2015 or 16 we added a Dinghy Tow davit system. If you’re not familiar, the Dinghy Tow, it doesn’t actually lift the boat out of the water, you lift the aft end of the dinghy out of the water with the motor still attached to the dinghy transom and the bow of the dinghy is dragged in the water. Traditional davits just seemed impractical for this boat and I did quite a lot of research on how to deal with the dinghy and this was the best solution for us. I actually like it quite a bit.

Fortress FX-16 anchor which we use as a spare. We added a 35-pound Manson Supreme which is an incredible anchor. I sleep very well on this anchor. There is about 20-25 feet of chain and 200(?) feet of three strand nylon rode. There is also about 120(?) feet of three strand nylon rode for the spare anchor.

All of the running rigging is in good condition and I do try to replace something every or every-other year just to stay on top of things.


Almost all of the lights have been changed to LED but there are one or two that are still incandescent. Last year, we removed the table from the salon area just to see how we liked it. We still have the table and it’s a ten-minute reinstall job. I really like how much more room there is without the table but it is great for the kids to have a table to play around. Seller built two mahogany floor grates for the head and the forward cabin.  New head, holding tank and hoses 2012.


Raymarine Depth, Speed, Autopilot, C80 Chartplotter, Radar

Icom VHF at the nav station and a second mic at the helm

Handheld hot/cold shower on the swim platform

Victron battery monitor

Stereo w/ salon & cockpit speakers


Includes an 11’  West Marine hi pressure floor dinghy

Steel Cradle

Custom winter cover

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.