No idea why, but today I thought of the movie titled We Bought a Zoo and decided to model my title after that show.

Huge news … we have upgraded from our Shark 24 to an O’Day 34. One would think that’s just 10 feet but in fact, in the boat world, this is easily double the boat … at least in my opinion. Now we can do some serious coastal cruising along with our usual day trips around the harbour. Many of my fellow sailors are pretty excited that I’ll be joining them for summer cruising this year in a boat which has everything one needs for life on the water. I list all the specifications below but in summary, here is what really counts:

From the starboard settee looking to the stern
  • We can comfortably sleep up to six people.
  • Janet and I will lay claim to the forward V-Berth cabin which is roomy by boat standards and has lots of storage, several drawers and a hanging locker with a drain should we decide to use it for wet gear. However, there is a second hanging locker in the main saloon so odds are wet gear will go there.
  • The head waste can go overboard or into a holding tank. That means I can take this boat in US waters and meet their environmental requirements. There is both hot and cold water. To heat the water, the engine needs to run so I can see it will only be used sparingly. There is a shower hose to attach to the sink in the head and drains in the floor for the wastewater to flow out of the boat.
  • The settee on the port side pulls out to become a double bed. The settee on the starboard side is a single bunk. There a single bunk under the starboard cockpit but it is next to the engine so likely not a popular spot to sleep given the persistent odor of diesel fuel always present.
  • The table has leaves on both sides and when fully setup can easily accommodate six diners.
  • At the back of the saloon, there is a chart table on the starboard side and the galley on the port side.
  • The galley has a lot of storage, a two-burner stove with an oven, double sinks, two deep iceboxes and is well laid out to prepare meals efficiently. I look forward to our first meal on the boat.
  • On the shelf above the chart table is the combination station for the chart-plotter and radar. At the chart table is the VHF radio and boat stereo with multiple inputs.
  • In the cockpit, the wheel is augmented with an auto-pilot.

I can’t wait to learn how to use all the systems and electronics onboard.

Did I mention, WE BOUGHT A BOAT!

Hull number 222 of 241 built
Hull Dimensions
Length Overall34’0″10.36 meters
Length at Water Line28″9″8.76 meters
Beam11’3″3.43 meters
Draft Shoal Keel4’5″1.34 meters
Ballast Shoal Keel4,650 lbs.2,114 kilograms
Displacement11,500 lbs.5,216 kilograms
Rig Dimensions
I – vertical tack to fore-stay attachment43’0″14.11 meters
J – horizontal tack to clew of foresail14’0″4.27 meters
P – tack to max hoist of mainsail38’0″11.58 meters
E – tack to clew of mainsail11’9″3.58 meters
100% Fore Triangle ( I * J ) / 2301.0 sq. ft.27.96 sq. meters
Mainsail Area ( P * E ) / 2233.3 sq. ft.20.74 sq. meters
Total524.3 sq. ft.48.7 sq. meters
Mast Height Above Water47’2″14.37 meters
Fresh Water (2 tanks)50 gallons190 liters
Fuel30 gallons114 liters
Head Holding Tank15 gallons57 liters
Iceboxes (2)8 cubic ft.226.6 liters
Hot Water Heater6 gallons57 liters
Stove – Fuel – LPG 2 tanks4 1/4 lbs ea.
Engine – Universal M25 3 cylinderdiesel24 HP
Ground Tackle
Bruce Anchors (2)30′ chain 200′ nylon rope Bow Roller
Danforth Anchor50′ chain 200′ nylon rope
Double life linesport and starboard gates
Bow and stern pulpitsSwim ladder in stern
Mooring BridlesAssorted dock linesNumerous fenders
VHF Radio
Binnacle compass
Signet depth sounder and knot meter
Garmin GPSMap 3210 chartplotter & digital radar
Raymarine EV-100 autopilot
Stereo: Radio, CD player, auxiliary iPod etc