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Pearson 10M
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Description: Pearson 10M
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Review Date: Tue October 22, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Pearson 10M, Built April 1976 Hull#114
Bill Shaw did well with this design after fixing an initial chain plate deficiency. It now seems to be one of Pearson's best performers.In 1980 I visited the factory and was informed that the Plant Manager "Mr. Woodland", who sailed every boat Pearson ever built and had his choice of the lot, had a 10M himself. I've single-handed the boat for 16 years from Marblehead to the Chesapeake, she's always done well.
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Review Date: Sat December 14, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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An excellent heavy weather sailing vessel use on Long Island
Sound Waters of New York. A very high performance cruiser. Pearson
Outdid themselves with this design..Rave Reviews..
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Review Date: Mon December 8, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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repowered with yanmar 18 hp- full batten main-
rollerfurling jib
max prop
good cruising-not slow
tough backing under power
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Review Date: Tue January 6, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great sailing boat. Have sailed East Coast, Great Lakes, and now Florida/Bahamas and find it fast and fun. Need Dodger to stay dry. Older layout but will accomodate family for long cruises. Still using origional Atomic 4 gas engine. This is a good cruising boat.
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dickrobinson
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Registered: April 2000
Review Date: Tue September 15, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great design and proven performer even by today's new standards. We added roller furling (Profurl) and a Perkins 30 Diesel. General dimensions are excellent particularly the wide walk ways going forward. We have pedestal steering on the forward portion of the cockpit which is great for singlehanding but makes passage through the companionway tight when there are lots of people on board. A dodger was added which is great for the SF Bay conditions. She balances well but doesn't seem to get much power under main alone. We beefed up the standing rigging, added a roller for a plow anchor, installed custom teak coaming around the winch handle storage areas under the winches. Access could be better around the engine as could much of the areas around the tanks, thru hulls, and steering quadrant. This boat is a Bill Shaw classic but very difficult to find printed information on. A search of the NY Yacht Club Library found only one short review article. How many were built ? and where are most of them now ?
Very satisfied overall. We have the ususal problems with old gear breakage. The formica and particle board backing have given us some headaches ( ugly and screws come loose ) but the basic design and solid construction are super. We get compliments on the boat all the time.
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Review Date: Fri November 20, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have owned our pearson 10m hull # 81 about 3 years.Have been cruising the lower and middle chesapeake bay.Upgrades include new paint on topside and hull (incl. bottom),roller furling,upgrade to 26 gal.gas tank,GPS,atomic 4 work(head gasket-water&fuel pump-altenator-and many more maintenance items needed to make the A-4 dependable.Very pleased on the way she sails and comfort.
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clayton
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Registered: July 2000
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Review Date: Tue January 5, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fast, stiff sailboat that points well and is forgiving. This boat was approved for the Marion to Bermuda race. Easy to sail solo. Only drawback is 5' 10" draft. Has more room than some 40 footers and is as fast with its 29' waterline. Boat has been updated with roller reefing headsail, full batten main, Edson steering, Andersen self-tailing winches, Perkins diesel, mech. refridgeration and extra water tanks. We sail in Buzzards bay and go North to Maine and South to Conn. It is a great cruiser. I have not seen another in its class I'd want.


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Review Date: Mon June 25, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great boat. Fast, roomy and comfortable. Interior is standard Pearson - little wood, weird formica colors - but very functional. Lots of sleeping room with pilot berth, quarter berth, 2 settee berths and the v-berth. Lots of room with fold-up table. Atomic 4 was replaced in 1998 with Universal Medalist 25HP diesel - very nice motor. Handles well under power - manueverable. Offset prop is predictable. Lots of weather helm under motor and sail so far, although I'm new to the boat. Does not seem to be easy to balance with the sails and sail hands off for long, but she really goes! So far, I love this boat, and find it an excellent combination of good cruiser and fast racer.
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Review Date: Sat October 6, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I really like the way she points. Well built, fun, fast and safe cruiser. Cockpit is a bit small for daysailing with more than 4 friends.
Easy to singlehand because steering pedestal is well forward which makes changes to sail trim a breeze.
"Priority" has a tall rig, has the original atomic 4 engine, and has a hanked on jib. We sail out of Stamford Connecticut.
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Review Date: Sun December 15, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned Esprit since 1983,(she's a 78.. hull number 207)- they didn't make many after her ..a great boat, we have won some races and taken a 2-4 week cruise every summer, stiff and forgiving, new westerbeke diesel in 98, awlgrip in 92(still looks great), radar, autopilot... we have listed the boat for sale primarily because climbing down the swim ladder to try to hook your toe into the dinghy is getting tougher and tougher.. other complaints.. ice box is poorly insulated.. however upwind the boat will stay with most boats even more modern designs from 30-36 feet.. downwind without a spinnaker she's slow.. with a chute you're fine.. hard to beat for value in today's market
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Review Date: Sat February 14, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My 10m (hull#37) is fast, easily handled, and well built. As long as I take care of her, she looks out for me. In 30 kts I can stay close hauled and make at least 6kts over ground with two reefs in the main and the jib furled to about 50%. Under power it handles as well as any sailboat her size.
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travrn
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Registered: January 2006
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Review Date: Mon January 16, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My 10M "Dixie", hull #22 is solid, beats to wind very well, and comfortable.
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Registered: September 2006
Location: Annapolis,Md
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Review Date: Wed March 28, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $18,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast, points well, wide side decks, makes my wife feel secure!!!
Cons: None that come to mind

We have owned Grace (hull #117) for about seven months. My previous boat was a Catalina 25 swing keel. We bought Grace because we needed more room. The first time my wife set foot on board, she fell in love with the room inside, the cockpit, the wheel steering (it made more sense to her than the tiller the Catalina had) and the wide side decks. She felt very secure walking around on deck. We bought Grace in September 2006 and kept her in the water for the winter at Flag Harbor in St. Leonard, Md. We have sailed Grace in 5 knots to 20 knots, she always surprises us with the speed she shows relative to the amount of wind available. Like others have said, she is easy to single hand with the steering pedestal forward in reach of the sail controls. Easier than my Catalina, I'm not sure why. She still has the Atomic 4, we're going to keep it, just can't justify the 10k for a diesel. We spent the money for a feathering 3 bladed prop which will be installed when she's hauled later this spring. We paid $18,500 for this boat. That kind of money will get you a decent Catalina 30. I was leaning that way because of good luck with my Catalina 25, parts are all over for Catalina 30s and I read that the Catalina 30 is an easy sell to the wife because of the inside. We ran across the 10M by chance. When I'm asked what kind of boat I have, when I say a Pearson 10M the response is almost always either, "Yea, I raced against one of those...and lost" or "Yea, a friend of mine had one of those, I really liked it." I have found myself out more than once, alone, at the wheel thinking, "My God, what a grand old gal!" But, by far, the best thing I can say about the Pearson 10M is, just this past weekend, my wife and I brought Grace the 50 miles home to Annapolis and my wife had fun and felt safe and secure in this boat...I ask you, what better character trait can a boat possess?

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Herbet Pearson 10M owner
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Review Date: Mon August 27, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: well built
Cons: early prob with chain plates

My son just purchased a 1975 Pearson 10 M. Hull #101. Beautiful boat, extremely well built with roomy interior, heavy displacement (6 tons) with 43% keel to hull ratio. Although diesel would be nice, owner installed a rebuilt Atomic 4 engine which runs well and gets the job done.The boat was recently painted with epoxy paint and looks new. Although this is a 1975 model, it looks like a great combination of classic and modern styling. The hand laid fiberglass appears to have heavier construction than current manufactured vessels. Sam
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angelog
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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 4
Review Date: Thu August 21, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $21.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: fast, forgiving and stable and sails to her rating
Cons: small cockpit, heavy

I've owned Bella Donna since 2002, which was renamed from "Boomerang".

The has all the original equipment (A4 engine, etc) and has never been repainted .. but the topsides are getting thin.

I race her on the Chesapeake in Region 2 and consistently do well, especially if the race is balanced with both windward and leeward legs. Last year, we won High Point in R2.

In very light winds with any chop, she can't get moving, but if you have at least 6-8 kts, just enough to get her to lean a little, she bites into and turns up with just the perfect amount of weather helm.

The main is basically a trim tab for the jib and doesn't supply much drive to the boat .. but with the huge "J" and large jib, you also get a HUGE spinnaker for a boat it's size and the relatively tall mast really puts that sail area up into the breeze.

Her IOR stern makes her a little wacky downwind with too much spinnaker up. In winds over 15 kts, we have a star-cut 1.5oz spin that keeps the center of pressure low. Also, keeping all the crew as far aft as you can helps her stay in control (as well as good communication between helm and crew). In winds much over 20kts .. she sails great with the jib whiskered-out with the spin-pole and the main prevented on the other side.

We have a 155 on a RF with 2 reef spots marked on the foot. Since the sail is so big, changing sails for conditions would be a HUGE pain. Given the small main, we never reef it unless in a gale. Once you have the proper amount of jib up, she'll always balance on a beat with the wheel locked.

Angelo, "Bella Donna"
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