Our Boat Elysia

Sailing Berry Islands

The O’Day 34 is a mid-sized performance cruiser, designed by C. Raymond Hunt and J. Deknatel. 

Elysia combines spacious accommodations (feels incredibly roomy for her size!), good sailing stability due to her deep draft keel, large rudder, and easy handling. This makes her attractive not only for experienced sailors, but also for beginners. She is a very forgiving and sturdy boat!

In the cockpit, you will find a complete binnacle station with Nav Pod, a big storage lazarette and several small ones, cup holders and a white starboard cockpit table. Bimini-top and a dodger will protect you from rain, wind and sun. My favorite place in the cockpit – two custom-built stern perch seats.

As you enter through the companionway, you will find a U-shaped galley, navigation table with chart storage, large V-berth, hanging closet with 2 rods, drop-leaf table which seats 6. The table is very solid and has two stainless steel grab rails. There is also a folding custom-made coffee table.

L-shaped salon settee converts into an additional queen-size bed, deep aft quarter-berth (it is also perfect for large storage space). Throughout the boat there are a lot of railings and places to hold for safety in rough seas.

What do we especially love about this boat?

  • No doubt, stern perches! My favorite place to sit!
  • Oversized anchor and anchor windlass (we could sleep well at night!)
  • Stability in high seas. The boat cuts through waves very well due to the deep keel
  • Mack Pack: to put the sail down takes about 5 minutes (comparing to over 40 minutes that tool us to put the old regular sail cover)

Watch a Video of Elysia Sailing!

Elysia’s Specs


  • Model: Sloop
  • Boat Year: 1983
  • LOA: 34 ft 0 in
  • Beam: 11 ft 3 in
  • LWL: 28 ft 9 in
  • Maximum Draft: 5 ft 7 in
  • Displacement: 11500 lbs
  • Ballast: 4650 lbs
  • Bridge Clearance: 47 ft 2 in
  • Headroom: 6 ft 2 in
  • Keel Type – Fin
  • Rudder Type – Spade


Universal Atomic Diesel M25, 21HP


  • Fuel – 30 gallons
  • Water – 50 gallons
  • Holding – 15 gallons

Electronics and Electrical:

  • Furuno 1942 Mark II Open Array Radar
  • Wheel Pilot – Navico WP300CX  
  • Garmin 741 touch-screen GPS/Chartplotter
  • Garmin Depth Finder
  • Garmin Wind Speed and Directon Gauge
  • Maretron NMEA2000 Ultrasonic Fuel Tank Monitor
  • Garmin AIS Receiver
  • VHF – Uniden MC535 with a remote speaker
  • Ritchie Magnetic Compass
  • 3 AGM 31 Batteries
  • Pro Sport 20 Battery Charger
  • Vector Maxx 700W Power Inverter
  • 600W Automaxx Windmill Wind Generator + Charge Controller
  • 305W Astro Energy Solar Panel + MTTP Charge Controller
  • 30A 110V shore power system and power cable
Traveling ICW by Sailboat

Galley and Head:

  • Origo 6000 Alcohol 2 burner stove/oven (no pressurized alcohol, extremely safe and easy to use)
  • Two 8 cubic feet ice boxes
  • Dual stainless steel sinks
  • Norcold 12V/110V Refrigerator
  • Pur Water Maker
  • Magma Gas Grill
  • Samsung Microwave
  • 110V or engine supplied Water Heater
  • West Marine Manual Head
  • Head sink and shower
Berry Islands Sunset


  • Mack Pack with Lazy Jacks
  • Furlex Jib Roller Furler
  • Barlow winches
  • Lewmar Profish 1000 Electric Anchor Windlass with deck buttons
  • Delta primary 35 lb anchor with 100 feet of chain and 150 feet of rode (both anchor and windlass are oversized for this boat, which ensures excellent holding!)
  • Danforth spare anchor
  • Small Danforth stern anchor

Safety Equipment:

  • All Coast Guard required safety equipment (flares, PFDs, Fire Extinguishers, etc.)
  • Rule Automatic Bilge Pump
  • Shower sump pump
  • Avon 6 person life raft
  • Emergency manual bilge pump
  • Emergency Tiller
Sailing Berry Islands


  • 2017 9’ West Marine Inflatable Dinghy, excellent condition, no air leaks
  • Suzuki 2.5 HP 4 stroke outboard dinghy motor
  • Dinghy accessories (small anchor, dinghy foot air pump, handheld water pump, etc)


  • TV
  • The floor material is EVA foam (I like it because if something falls, it doesn’t break! It is soft and comfortable and can be washed with the boat brush)
  • LG Stand-Alone Air Conditioner with companionway exhaust
  • Bimini top and dodger
  • Two PVC boards along port and starboard lifelines for holding jerry jugs
  • Fenders, lines, jerry jugs, winch handles, etc.
  • Lots of spares

Having fun on Elysia! (Video)