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Pearson Vanguard
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Description: Pearson Vanguard
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Review Date: Thu January 13, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned mine for 14 years. A good, strong, seakindly sailboat that can be had at a very attractive price now.
The Vanguard has a lot less interior room than modern boats of similar size. A very strong hull design that will be around for a long time. For more info check out The Pearson Vanguard Page at http://www.execpc.com/~feftrpt/
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tgrimmett
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Registered: January 2001
Location: Bedford, NH
Posts: 10
Review Date: Tue August 20, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have owned hull#238 for 3 seasons now and very much enjoy it. She is a classic Phil Rhodes design that is rugged cruising boat. Despite her weight I have been very pleased with her performance. I have a lot of confidence sailing in any conditions in this boat. With a stiff breeze she heels over quickly, I think due to her shorter beam that more modern production boats. But once she is heeled over 15 deg or so, she holds well and starts moving. I regularly hold 5-6 kts closehauled with all but light winds. There are two interior layouts-traditional or dinette. We have the dinette and I prefer the layout. There is a large galley work area to starboard, a U shapped seating around a table to port, which drops down to form a double berth. Aft from here are two quarter berths and the best access I have ever seen to an engine, once you lift the companionway off. There's a typical v berth up forward. We can sleep 6 adults and regularly have done this. Most Vanguard owners have made mods and upgrades in the 30+ years. I kept the original Atomic 4 engine, which despite the propaganda for diesel conversions, I have found the A4 very easy to maintain and troubleshoot. She starts right away, runs more smooth, and has more power then many of the replacement diesels. I added a suite of electronics and replaced most of the wiring and plumbing. The teak and mahogany on the deck and interior is a real gem. I stripped and varnished it all 3 years ago, and now just apply 2 coats a season to keep it shining. If you want a classic, beautiful and well performing cruising boat for the family, this is it!
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vanguard32
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Registered: April 2000
Review Date: Sat March 18, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Pearson Vanguard website is now at www.pearsonvanguard.org
Still a great old boat!
Fred
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