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Pearson 303
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Description: Pearson 303
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun December 22, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Outstanding combination of size,single handed sailability,
comfort,quality construction and design. Key strength of
4'4'' draft with over 3000 pound ballast on 11,500 pound
displacement boat is also a weakness in winds above 15
knots. At that point, boat starts to exhibit weather helm.
Proper sail adjustment and shortening will resolve problems.
Overall satisfaction with this boat is extremely high.





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Review Date: Sat February 6, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I bought my 303 in March of 98 and sailed it to Northeast Harbor Maine during the summer. I love the boat! Takes a lot of wind to get the rail down! Great room below. Easy to sail. Lots more positive comments! Only Negative: Bigger engine would be nice.
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Review Date: Tue February 9, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We love the boat, it's easy to sail, stable and the interior volume is at least equal to the current 35' models.The only limitations we feel are in tankage,ie fuel,head holding tank and fresh water if your away from marine facilities for more then 3-4 days you have a problem.The engine size should be larger, not enough HP.Sailing upwind is ok, the boat will point reasonably well but there is just not enough under her to keep the leeway down. But the boat is not slow, if you get the wind just forward of the beam and back the boat is quite fast.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun September 10, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have just puchased this boat 1/99 moving up from a Pearson 26. Options and upgrades include what appears to be a custom fold down chart table, custom dodger, Autohelm 4000, Furlex roller furling and Harken lazyjacks. Reportedly awlgripped 2 years ago. Sailing out of Mystic, CT and would love to discuss the boat with other owners.

Puchased this model for combination of shoal draft, fixed keel with skeg, seawothiness, keel stepped mast, conservative good looks and volume below. Would like a little bigger engine and a little better light air performance but everything is a trade off.

Nov., 1999--have just put the boat away after the first season. Our family of 4 including 2 almost teenage daughters and a big dog spent up to 12 days in a row aboard(only a few weekends for the dog). We found the engine to be reliable and adequate in power--average 5.5 knots at 23-2400rpm. She is a good ailor if not real fast--can't keep up with a Tartan 30--but he is a better sailor than I am. Our only complaint is the size of the cockpit with more than 4 aboard. We remove the wheel at anchor. It is wide enough but the bridgedeck traveler limits its length underway. The traveler was moved to the cabintop later but I like being able to singlehand the boat when the family is occupied and she is supurb for that--easier to sail than my Pearson 26. The interior is amazing for a 30 foot boat. My complaints could be fixed wiht a Pearson 34 but then I would find some new gripes!

I will keep this boat for a while.

Bob Reeve
Hull #108
Evergreen


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Registered: May 2000
Posts: 2
Review Date: Thu May 16, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I bought Hull # 109 in may,2000 from Dan Nathan who previously wrote about her. She is steady sailer, well equipped and very roomy for her size, excepting the smallish tankage. I have added a 125% genoa to supplement the high cut 90-100% original but begin to think the smaller headsail is fine except in real light air where I throw up a $ 100.00 old used drifter of .75 oz tie dye stained cloth. Has the smallish yanmar 2GMF 13 hp but found to fine so far, fuel efficient and with fixed 2 blade prop makes easy 5.6 kts at 2400 rpms in light chop and headwinds. Finally rebuilt tranny after increasing amount of shaft wobble and thumping (apparently a common ailment of the 303) and now smooth as silk.
Added Simrad 30 autopilot, a good choice for the size and she sails well single handed. Significant Weather helm develops at about 13-16 kts but a single reef in main and reduction of 125% bring it up on its bottom and she tops 6.5 kts with GPS readings of 7.5-7.7 so rigged.
Great NC costal sailboat, for Pamlico and Albemarle sound, our big rivers (Pamlico and Neuse) and all backwaters with 4.5 depths.
Glad Dan and his wife liked her and glad they also found other loves and let me have this one.
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Review Date: Wed July 31, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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After a lot of looking I settled between a Hallberg-Rassy (Rasmus - 35') and the Pearson303. Since I didn't expect to go far from Pamlico Sound, I thought the Pearson a suitable keel, more conventional, and an easier resale. I liked the Rasmus for its slightly odd nature.

Nothing odd about the 303, a Bill Shaw design. Stable, comfortable motion in a chop or modest sea, easy singlehander (if standing before the helm) with the traveller location at the bridgedeck, and really roomy. Hull 109 came to me with the hidaway chart table (which mostly stays hidden); A/C - heatpump; pressure water and all the basics. The tendency to weather helm by 20 knots seems standard, but when the heel angle hits 20 degrees for a while (or weather's coming in) I lose some sail, the helm eases, the heel angle drops, and speed isn't compromised. The previous owner added a Pro Furl forward, which gave me a seriously cut jib (maybe 90%) - but the GPS still shows 7.0 - 7.5 mph with 15-20 knots off the beam.

The small engine has not been a minus for local use. It sips diesel, but has kept me moving and manuverable going upriver with 35 knots on the nose.

I love the boat - great for local use (4-6 on board); weekending (2-4) or liveaboard (a couple).

(Update: sold after three years use - see Doc Hoggard's review.)
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lbdavis

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Registered: April 2007
Location: Portland, ME
Posts: 560
Review Date: Tue January 8, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I agree completely with the earlier reviews concerning sailing characteristics, room, etc.

I bought my 1983 P303 last fall (2007) and have been busy with many projects. I thought I'd add another review (since it's been five years since the last one) and speak a little more about how well these boats are aging.

Most of her systems were original and mostly operational when I got her.

Rigging and sails: I replaced the backstay while it was up (it was unlaying) and I will replace the rest of the standing rigging next winter when the mast comes down. Even though the surveyor saw no visual signs of fatigue in standing rigging (other than backstay). Original main will still be used for a couple of years, while the PO put a new genoa on her already.

Mechanical: No hour meter, but the original Yanmar 2GM still pushes her along nicely, though I hope I never have to trust her to get me off a lee shore in a blow. Starts like a dream and runs as smooth as you can hope.

Plumbing: I've replaced the entire plumbing system (except head and hot H2O). The existing tanks and lines were smelly and organic - this was due to the PO never using it.

Electrical: My next project. I am finding some wires corroded. Could probably stand a complete re-wire - but not this year on my budget. Only found one circuit not in operation. (steaming light.) Even though the panel is poorly located under the compainionway, everything seems to be in good shape there.

Decks/Hull/Topsides: For a 24 year old boat, the decks were really dry. Only wet spots were around the pushpit (used to get in and out); the forward stanchion base on the port side; and the tangs that connect the "main" bulkhead to the cabintop. These are notorious leakers and should be rebedded often. The hull has some osmotic blistering which I sanded down and will barrier coat and paint in the spring. I'll try to post how well that works next haul out. The top sides are amazing. Original gel coat still shines like new.

General construction: While I was unimpressed with the screwed hull/deck joint of this boat, it showed no signs of leaking or stress. Tabbing on all the bulkheads and furniture is still solid and really sures up the hull. The cockpit sole has plenty of crazing in the corners and it creaks. This needs reinforcement.

Overall: I'd say Pearson did a pretty good job putting this "upper-middle class" production boat together. I wouldn't suggest making any passages in her, but for coastal sailing/day sailing/entertaining, this is a 30' with tons of room, is fun to sail, and is standing the test of time. Great bang for the buck.

Feel free to PM me. I'd be happy to answer any questions!

Lance

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P303
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