Day Sailer

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Day Sailer
An uppercase D with an uppercase S, positioned with the D in the top left corner and the S in the lower left.
Class symbol
DesignerUffa Fox and George O'Day
Draft1.143 metres (3.75 ft)
Hull weight261 kilograms (575 lb)
LOA5.105 metres (16.75 ft)
Beam1.829 metres (6.00 ft)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typeCenterboard
Mast length6.858 metres (22.50 ft)
Spinnaker area8.8 square metres (95 sq ft)
Upwind sail area13.47 square metres (145.0 sq ft)

The Day Sailer (also called the O'Day Day Sailer) is a day sailer for pleasure sailing as well as racing; it is sailed throughout North America and Brazil. Designed by Uffa Fox and George O'Day in 1958, the Day Sailer possesses a 6 foot beam, an overall length of 17 feet, a fiberglass hull and a cuddy cabin. It is able to sleep two (more if a tent is added to the boom). The sloop rig includes mainsail, jib and a spinnaker on an aluminum mast and boom.[1]

Over 10,000 boats have been built, and races are held throughout the year in the USA and Brazil by the Day Sailer Association and its fleets. The Day Sailer was inducted in 2003 into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame.

From 1958 until 1972, the boat was built and sold by O'Day Corp.. Later various other builders produced the Day Sailer, including Spindrift, Precision Boat Works, McLaughlin Boat Works, and Sunfish/Laser Inc. Since 1995, the boat has been built by Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co. [2]

As of 2010, the Junior North American Championships are to be held every year in order to promote the class and reach out to local youth sailors.


  1. ^ Mason, Charles. "Day Sailer". The American Sailboat Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on February 12, 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ Misunas, Dave. "Day Sailer Hull Number Index and Builder Chart". Day Sailer Association. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.

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