The Angelina is a 23' O'Day sailboat which was moored at Canyon Lake Marina in Central Texas for many years. This exceptional sloop rig cruiser with her shoal draft keel, tiller steering, mid ships main sail traveler, roller furling genoa jib, and generous cabin is the perfect sport cruiser sailboat for inland lakes. She has been meticulously maintained by her various owners over the years and could often be spotted with her brilliant white canvas gliding effortlessly across the wide uncrowded expanses of scenic Canyon Lake.

The Angelina - O'Day 23 on Canyon Lake

Sailboats in one form or another date back to the 5th millennium BC. Harnessing the power of the wind is one of mankind's first and most revolutionary inventions in the field of transportation, and has become a revered art-form to many. From ancient Mesopotamia, to the Vikings, to the Chinese junks, to Christopher Columbus, all the way to modern sailing vessels, a true sailor is one who has mastered the wind. Shipbuilding itself has also been a type of art-form and facilitator of this time honored tradition.

Sailng through the ages

O'Day Sailboats is a popular and widely respected name in the yachting world that has been around for half a century. George O'Day designed his first sailboat in 1956 and over the next 50 years or so, the company built many different sizes and designs from 12' to 40'. Production of the O'Day 23, our boat, started in 1972 and continued for about 13 years until the mid 80's. In all, about 1,700 O'Day 23's were built, and are highly prized by their owners worldwide, especially the 1980's models. Here's an original brochure from the 70's.

With an LOA of 22'9" and an 8' beam, the O'Day 23 is roomy and comfortable. For a cruising sailboat, the O'Day 23 is reasonably fast, attaining speeds upwards of 7 knots (8 mph) fully powered. It handles particularly well and is exceptionally stable with a 1200 pound shoal draft keel which draws about 2'3", and as such is easily trailerable. It also features a retractable fiberglass centerboard for a total draft of 5'4" in the down position, providing enhanced upwind performance. With the centerboard retracted the boat can attain its maximum speeds downwind. See complete specs (specifications) for the O'Day 23.

original O'Day 23 brochure

On April 26, 2010, we had the golden opportunity to acquire a 1982 O'Day 23, the perfect sailboat for our Texas lifestyle, and which we named the Angelina. It was in absolutely superb condition for a 25 year old boat... a true classic. This built out our fleet with a fitting sailboat in Texas to compare with our lovely Catalina 22, the Anne Marie, in Oregon. A high performance mid range trailer cruiser, the Angelina came fitted with multiple sails, as well as a 4 hp Evinrude outboard to get in and out of the marina. We continued to keep her berthed at Canyon Lake Marina in Central Texas' Hill Country.

This gorgeous boat came with a long list of options and was meticulously maintained by the former owner. I had taken a slip in the Canyon Lake Marina for the spring months with my little Precision 165. I had been admiring the boat in the neighboring slip for several weeks, the attention to detail and beauty of the boat had captivated me. So imagine my glee when it turned up one day with a 'for sale' sign... I jumped on it. A dream come true! Sold my Precision two days later to the first person who looked at it!

I spent the next couple weeks sailing my new dream boat as often as possible, and the rest of the time detailing the boat. Buffing, polishing and waxing restored the topside to a creamy high gloss finish. Within two weeks everyone walking down the dock felt compelled to comment. The owner of a beautiful almost new Seaward 26 across the way commented that the Angelina was the nicest looking boat in the marina... not really accurate perhaps, but a nice compliment nonetheless. Other tweaks added since purchase include a Reefurl roller reefing furling system, a new roller furling 135 genoa jib sail from Banks Sails in Portland, OR, a solar powered cabin exhaust fan, a new compass to replace the old weathered one, and fresh anti-fouling bottom paint. In the fall of 2010 we added a new Yamaha T9.9GPLH outboard motor with electric start and power tilt to replace the old 2 stroke Evinrude.

Skipper standing by his new boat at Canyon Lake Marina
The Angelina in her berth at Canyon Lake Marina
a full page of the Angelina under sail on Canyon Lake

The cabin of the O'Day 23 is comfortable and spacious while still leaving a generous 6' 4" long cockpit area with lots of storage aft underneath the benches. The area below decks is roomy enough for a full v-berth area forward as well as a central cabin area with dual facing convertible settees; the port side one slides out to a generous twin bed width. The cabin features a folding dining or chart table, and a separate compartment for the portapotti. Click on the photo at the right for an enlarged photo of the cabin.

The spacious cabin of the O'Day 23

We are beginning a new chapter in our retirement years, traveling around the nation in our new Class A Motorhome, the Windseeker, and towing our Catalina 22 MKII. So we have sold the Angelina to a new owner based in Dallas, Texas. We wish him well with her and hope to see this fine lady on the water for many many years to come! We will surely miss the old girl! Farewell, Angelina!

Sunset at Canyon Lake... it doesn't get much better than this! Click on the image at the right to see an enlarged photo. Here are more sailing pics of the Angelina from Canyon Lake. And here are some sailing photos taken with friends over the couple years we were privileged to own and sail the Angelina.   And finally, here's an exciting action video of regatta sailing in Texas.

Sunset at Canyon Lake

The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives:
So thin and yet so full of life,
so noiseless when it labors hardest,
so noisy and impatient when least effective...

                                       Henry David Thoreau

Important links for O'Day owners and other sailors

Cruising on Canyon Lake, Texas

Sailing Videos which capture the spirit of sailing in various ways

Sailing Movies - great entertainment and sailing too

Watch a sailing movie now on Netflix!

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The Angelina was named for my beloved mother, Angela Aversa Burkle, originally of Philadelphia, PA. She was an elementary school teacher for most of her life, and a Navy wife for 25 years with my Dad, a Navy doctor. She passed away in 2004 at age 84 and is deeply missed by me and my brother and sister. This lovely sailboat is dedicated in loving memory to Angela, or 'Angelina' as she was called when she was a child.

Angela Aversa Burkle 1920-2001

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