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Pearson 26
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100% of reviewers $3,250.00 9.0












Description: Pearson 26
Keywords: Pearson 26
 


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Review Date: Wed March 15, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $3,250.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Inexpensive, simple, easy to sail, solid
Cons: Small cabin

Bought this boat on a whim. Family had a Coronado 25 when I was a kid and lately a 1965 Pearson Vanguard (what a boat!). My wife and I were looking for a cheap daysailor/overnighter and caught what seems like a good deal. We have the OD model with a nice big cockpit and a very small cabin.

We've taken it out a couple of times and currently have it hauled (cleaning, new rudder bearings, bottom and topsides paint, etc) to take care of deferred maintenance. No surprises except the trashed rudder bearings, which were mostly expected (replacements purchased from DR Marine).

Very easy to sail. Upgrades planned: electrical system (single battery, no AC, shorepower, etc), lines aft (cabin winch, etc), new running rigging (getting rid of cable halyards). Maybe a new four stroke LS too or a dodger so we can keep the companionway hatch open in the rain (head room--I am 5'10" and have some lumps already). Frankly we just take it out for a spin, bring it back and hose it off.

We wanted something possible to spend the night on that was durable, inexpensive, and higher quality than your average Catalina, and I think we got it. And it without the cabin hump of the weekender model, it is pretty to look at. Wouldn't want to spend more than a couple of days on it, though.
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dghyatt
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Registered: April 2007
Posts: 1
Review Date: Mon January 10, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: You can't go wrong for the price of these used
Cons: You must do a little work

I bought an old 1973 Pearson last summer. Motor and boat and all the stuff thousand bucks out the door. I knew going in what to look for. It needed the sole rebuilt, but the mast deck was solid and the rudder was still tight. So the work I put into the cockpit sole was probably worth more than I paid according to some boat yard technicians. I recored the floor with 3/4" balsa and can not say how nice that worked out with the balsa from Jamestown Dist. messy but worked great with the West Epoxy sytem and the West 10 for the edges of the repair. Well the boat is great. I use to sail a little on Lake Erie with a friend years ago on an Ensign. If the boat gets past 20 degrees heel I reef the main. We have seen 8.2 knots this past summer. Light winds it is not so good. I have a lot to learn about shaping the sail. It will keep moving down to about 3 to 4 knots of a breeze but you are only doing like one to two knots. My old Evinrude two stroke needed the water pump replaced that is not too hard though the engine definitely does not like the car fuels with alcohol in them. I am going to repair the typical wiring problems of the mast next. If you find a beater P26 offer like next to nothing you will get a great boat, and dive into the repairs. In a stiff blow with too much sail up this past summer she pointed down wind in a second no worse the wear. You feel like a million bucks when the wind is 15 to 20 knots she will hang with any thing close to her size excluding the planning or catamarans. Go Pearson 26 go!
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christianvargas1982
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Registered: October 2009
Location: Miami, Fl
Posts: 16
Review Date: Tue March 1, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Construction, speed, stiffness
Cons: Storage space

I've owned a Pearson 26 for over a year now, the previous owner had taken good care of the rig but not of the cosmetics... It is an excellent boat to sail, will point decently high into the wind, and is very stiff even on a good breeze... My only complaint is that the original layout doesn't seem to use storage space well, but I guess I could fix that myself... I recommend this boat to anyone who wants a relatively seaworthy boat for a low price... maintenance has been very low thanks to previous owners, one who replaced the rudder and one who replaced the entire rig... I just wish another previous owner had taken better care of the deck paint which is cracking in some parts, I guess I will have to take care of this problem for the next owner if I ever move up to a bigger boat with bigger problems and more maintenance
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lentst2
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Registered: March 2011
Review Date: Sun March 13, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Handling
Cons: None

Unfortunately, my boat was damaged beyond repair and I have a mast and boom that someone can have if they are able to pick it up in Virginia. E-mail me at lentst2@yahoo.com.
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