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Pearson 422
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2 1904 Wed August 13, 1997
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Description: Pearson 422
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Review Date: Wed August 13, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The Pearson 422 was built as a sloop and ketch with a cutter option on both. The cutter rigged sloop has the mast installed aft about 1 1/2 to 2 feet from where the sloop mast in installed. Our Pearson is a sloop with no cutter rig. The ketch has the main mast in the same location as our sloop.

As far as sail handling, most or maybe all of the Pearson 422's had a roller furling on the head sail. At least the sales brochure I have says it comes standard. We reef our 155 Genoa to about three different points depending on the wind. We're in the process of marking these three reef points on the lead block track, head sail and the jib sheets so we can adjust every thing quickly when we need to reef.
We really haven't had much trouble handling it with just the two of us. Raising the main requires a couple of things that make it easer but other than that its pretty simple.

The center cockpit is great. It has plenty of all around vision, my wife is 5'2" and she loves it, and it allows for an incredible interior layout. It has a large engine room and a fantastic aft cabin with a queen size bed. If you haven't looked at a Pearson 422 you'll be impressed when you do. The only complaint we've had with her is the coamings are a bit low. They don't have as much back support as we would like but we're going to find a solution for that.

My wife and I really like the Pearson 422. We haven't been blue water sailing in her but the previous owner did. He said it was great. Very reliable and stable.
The boat sails really well. When it blows she just digs in and goes. No rounding up, very little weather helm and very easy to sail. We had a Catalina 30 before this boat. The Pearson is much easier to sail.
My wife and I handle her with very little problem. Electric primary winches would be nice but not necessary.

The genset we have makes very little noise. If your in the aft cabin with the door closed you can barely hear it. When your in the v-berth you can't here it.
As for vibration, the genset I have, (Northern Lights), is well balanced and well built. You can put a glass of water on top of the cabinet that it's in and it doesn't show a ripple. There is very little vibration, about a quarter or less of what the primary engine puts off.
We don't have a problem sleeping when its running with the AC on.

There's a new Cal-Pearson Owners Association that just started. To find out more about it E-Mail

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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sun January 11, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Coastal cruiser, good underbody, lots of interior room, including in-line queen berth in aft cabin and separate shower in aft head. Sails quite well, including pointing ability. 36 were built with standard coaming in cockpit, plus one I've seen out of a modified mold which improves seating comfort in cockpit. With my dodger, bimini and lazyjacks, flaking and tieing mainsail is a bit of a problem and I'm looking into retrofitted mainsail furling systems.
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