O’Day 39 (3 cabin)

PRICE REDUCED, Ready to Sail in the Spring!

3 cabins
2 head

If you did you ASA training with us then you’ve probably been aboard “Rocket”. We’ve used her for intermediate and advanced sailing school courses since 2010. Yes, that’s a long time but on this latitude it equates to about 30-40 days a season with a licensed captain aboard and was thoroughly system checked and maintained every time she returned to the dock. Then under shrink wrap for 6 months. So compared to a saltwater boat or a boat that sat unused, she looks pretty good!

Very accommodating for large groups with a layout boasting 3 private double staterooms, two long settees in the main salon plus two pilot berths (small berths good for kids) above the settees in the main salon. Classic interior with plenty of teak and many hatches and portlights and good headroom. The galley has ample storage with a refrigerator and a large separate icebox, a double stainless sink and a propane stove with oven (oven is currently inoperative). A full head with shower is located forward with split access from either the forward cabin or the main salon. The aft head is located in the starboard stateroom.

Rocket is a boat that is designed to sail well. Her 6’4″ keel will point higher than most any shoal draft designs. Long cockpit seats allow plenty of space when underway or for sleeping under the stars. A two-blade prop reduces drag and a high aspect rudder makes her handle well in all conditions. Most lines are led aft for easy sail handling, wide weather decks are great for moving about when underway and her well designed anchor locker is always appreciated.

The O’Day 39 was designed by Jeanneau in the 80’s and an identical sistership to the Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40 that was very popular in Europe. O’Day built the 39 under license from Jeanneau to break into the racer-cruiser market to compete with Tartan, C&C and the like. She’s a fast, comfortable vessel capable of heavy weather passages.  

On a personal note, we raced her a few times with the local yacht club (jib and main class), took a first place once. She’s an absolute contender in higher winds. Would really be a threat with a spinnaker or asym. 122 PHRF rating with no spinnaker. I’m more of a cruiser but can’t help but to trim this boat for speed.

The Good Stuff

  • Sleeps 6 comfortably in three staterooms, plus 2 more in pilot berths (pilot berths are good for kids and horse jockeys). I often use the third cabin and pilot berths for storage.
  • Two heads = redundancy and more holding tank space
  • 4 large winches in cockpit – two primaries, two spinnaker
  • Electric anchor windlass
  • Anchor rode; 70′ chain, 150′ rope
  • Bimini and dodger
  • Ocean Air screen/shades on overhead hatches
  • Two electric bilge pumps and one manual bilge pump
  • Freshwater only boat
  • Has a spinnaker and pole – not new but haven’t been used in 15 years and in good shape.
  • Large life raft locker that can double for storage
  • Huge storage lockers in cockpit
  • 2023 New transmission
  • 2023 New battery charger
  • 2023 New Racor clear-bowl fuel filter
  • 2023 All thru-hull hoses replaced
  • 2022 New foam cushions and upholstery on all salon cushions and new upholstery on beds
  • 2021 New Shafer roller furling and forestay
  • 2021 New full battened Doyle mainsail and new 135% Doyle genoa
  • 2019 Hull sanded below waterline to gel coat. Two coats of Interlux 200 barrier coat and then two coats of VC Offshore
  • 2018 New Raymarine linear drive autopilot
  • 2018 New Garhauer traveler

The Ugly Stuff

It’s an older boat so it’s not perfect. But it’s functional and fun. A marine survey will show that it’s structurally solid but you may find a leaky portlight, small soft spot on deck or some issue but that’s how it goes. You’ll never have a blank “to-do” list on an older boat so go sailing and enjoy it. If this isn’t ok to you, let’s talk about one of our new boats in stock!

  • Some spider web cracks in the deck and cockpit gel coat. Aesthetic, not structural.
  • Some hull scratches
  • She needs a good buff and wax
  • Oven doesn’t work
  • Dodger and bimini fabric has lots of life but the dodger may need some repair where the fabric connects to the deck hardware.
  • Some moisture in the deck – recent survey says it’s par for the course for a boat of this era. No issue structurally, it’s just what it is.



Year, Make & Model

1983 O’Day 39


MC 7128 SP








19,000 lbs.



44hp Universal Diesel


2800 rpm

Max Cruising Speed

7 knots

Fuel Capacity

40 gallons

Fuel Consumption

1gallon/hour at cruising RPM



Full Batten with Lazy Jacks

Foresail Reefing

Roller Furling


Speed and Depth – yes

Wind Speed / Direction – yes

GPS Chart plotter – yes

Autopilot – yes

Radar – no

Bow thruster – no

TV – no

DVD – no

CD – yes

MP3 / IPod Auxiliary Jack – yes

Satellite Radio – no

Satellite Weather – no


Inverter – no


Maximum Sleeping Capacity – 8

Converting Salon Table – no

Long single settees each side

Bedding & Linens – Optional

Air Conditioner / Heater

Dockside heat. No air.


12 volt Fridge or Icebox

Fridge and separate icebox

Stove Fuel – LPG

Oven – yes

Microwave – no

Heads / Showers – 2 heads, 1 shower

Heads – manual pump


Holding Tank Capacity

22 gallons each


Fresh Water Capacity – 100 gallons

Number of Freshwater Tanks – 2


Windlass – yes

Bimini – yes

Dodger – yes

Dinghy – no


Galley has double sink plus (2) 12 volt fridges. Full head with shower forward has split doors for private access from fwd stateroom. Second head is in starboard aft cabin and is covered by fold down settee when not in use. Sleeps 8 in (3) double staterooms plus (2) long settees in main salon. (2) additional pilot berths are above salon settees but are suited for kids or stowing gear.