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Pearson 30
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Description: Pearson 30
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Review Date: Mon March 23, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Repowered with 12 HP YANMAR (a little small for this boat)
should be around 18-22 HP.

A good boat for the Great Lakes (Lake Ontario)


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Review Date: Mon April 20, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I own a 1978 Pearson 30 on San Francisco Bay.

It is a very solid boat, simple in its construction, but relatively easy to handle. Very little maintenance has been done to the boat other than standard inspection and replacement of wearing parts as necessary.

The boat is relatively speedy despite its age, and can turn on a dime. The main handling detractor is that the Pearson is a tender vessel, with a tendancy to bury her rails on a breezy day on San Francisco Bay, making it uncomfortable for the unexperienced sailor. The jibsheet (main) winches are situated so that the grinder is behind the helmsperson - the tiller is extremely long and could cause problems if the helmsperson is not prepared to handle the problem.

Motoring with an Atomic four is at about 6 knots.

Overall a fine vessel that can be had at inexpensive prices. My atomic four has been rebuilt and purrs like a kitten.


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Review Date: Fri November 13, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have only owned this Pearson for 2 season's. The first year I had to replace the exhaust system. The original system leaked damaging my exhaust valves. It was a mess and an expense I had not expected.

The good news is, this year no problems. The engine runs well (rebuilt atomic 4, 30 HP). I sail in the Great South Bay on the South Shore of Long Island (New York). My Pearson likes the wind and seems to be very seaworthy which is good because the scipper and crew are inexperienced.
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Review Date: Wed November 25, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've been sailing her about 6 years now and find her to be a real nice all-round boat. We both race and cruise her on Long Island Sound. There are 6 of them in our local club. (ceheck out our web site www.mssa.org).

Whe I first got her she was not taken care of by the previous owner. Fortunately he had not had her for too long! The engine, an Atomic 4, was shot and I had it rebuilt and since then have had no problems. Except the exhaust that went in 1998.

The tiller was removed by the previous owner and a wheel installed. There is less room in the cockpit when anchored (w/ the tiller up) but move room under sail.

Put a new traveler in, boom vang, spinnaker gear, roller furler, etc. Have installed a holding tank and shower in the head (with pressure water in the cockpit too, a nice little feature!).

Ice box and shower drain into the bilge, and the bilge empties into the cockpit above the scuppers. Can be annoying and surprises some folks but you get use to it. Less through hull fittings that way I guess. The None-Skid is, or appears to be, painted, or a poor colored gel coat. Every Pearson I've seen eventually wears and you get white swirl marks on the deck. Like someone put wax down and didn't take it up. Next year I'll going to try redoing it. Surprising because the other gel coat on the boat is real good and shines up beautiflly even being over 25 years old!

The boat is well made and a pleasure to sail. Have had her out in all kinds of weather, and although a little tender, she held her own. The P30's have also held their value over the years, typically I've seen them advertised for between $12-20,000. Big range and who nows what they sold for. You can find them in a kinds of shape, and if you are willing to do some work you can have a great boat for very little money.

I would recommend the Pearson 30 to any one. If you got a few more bucks check out the 10M, or you want smaller the P26. All the same same vintage as the P30 and just as well designed and made! Happy sailing.


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Review Date: Tue May 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Pearson 30 is a great boat, she is simple in design and joy to sail. Although the small cockpit makes it difficult in races with the helmsmen, and crew trimming the main and jib right on top of each other. Handles really well and is very quick to get up to boat speed, and points really well up wind. Although her light weight makes the boat very tricky in heavy air. Overall she is a great cruiser/racer and can definitely hold her own in club races. Great Boat for Great Lakes (Lake Michigan)
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Review Date: Sun August 20, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We moved up to this boat from a P26. It seemed slower and harder to sail. But after using her for 1 season we find her to be a qreat boat. She has a lot of tiny hull blisters. We did a lot of research and found the best thing to do for them was leave them alone. The hull is solid fiberglass and about a 1/3 of an inch thick. The Atomic 4 was replaced with a 18 horse perkins diesel and with a 3 blade prop handles very well under power. She is quick to heel to about 15 deg but is fast and stable. We don't think of her as tender at all. I don't think I would own anything but a Pearson.
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Review Date: Sun February 18, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My boat, Hull 603, is my first bigger boat, have had her 9 years. I sail out of Atlantic Highlands,Sandy Hook area. I love this boat as I think all Pearson owners do. It is well built and has very good sail characteristics. I have raced on many bigger boats and still find her to be a spry boat. Have replaced rudder bearings and reconstructed deck area at rudder head. Need to watch deck leaks as balsa cored. Have not found damage except at dorade box above head. Not critical, but... Am rebuiling Atomic 4 this winter and think it has not ever been removed due to no evidence of cabinetry having been disassembled. Not bad for 25+ years! Only problem was compression range.
She sails well in even the most challenging seas, have been offshore in light gales with no doubt the boat would fair well if I react properly.
Would suggest this boat to anyone in this size and age market, originaly sold for $24,000 according to brochure I have, now a deal at $10,000 and worth up to the $20,000 often seen for well founded boats.
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Review Date: Mon August 19, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Pearson 30 is a great racer with an outstanding weather helm and accomadations for good overnight cruising ventures, especially if post purchase accessories are added; such as, microwave oven with custom cabinets, refrigerator in lieu of icebox, anchor pulpit (magahony, lazyjacks, genoa furling, instruments, edson pededtal/destroyer wheel housing, automatic bilge,battery charger and extra battery bank, indoor/outdoor Sony superior sound system and a complete refurbishing.
This boat is named Angelina and she is truely an Angel, who can glide over the water almost effortlessly with excellent gybe and Tack qualities.
Wherever she goes she receives unsolicited compliments.
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Registered: May 2001
Review Date: Mon March 22, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $33,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: handling, design, construction, simplicity
Cons: they are getting OLD

I am the original owner of Grand Jete. She & I have logged more than 1,300 days on San Francisco Bay since 1978, half of which were solo outings (I mention this to emphasize how easy she is to handle). She is a fabulous boat: well-built, efficient in design and with solid equipment. San Francisco Bay presents a beautiful, but not a gentle, environment for a sailboat. So her longevity is a testimony to Pearson quality.

I extended the jib-block track forward, which is necessary in order to achieve the proper angle for the jib sheet with a 100% jib. The Atomic 4 died in 1993 and I re-powered with a 3-cylinder 20hp Universal diesel because it has the exact same footprint as the A4 and fit perfectly onto the existing engine mounts. Many sailors complain about the A4; I always liked it. But, I like the new diesel even more: it's almost as quiet, runs very smoothly and doesn't smell or smoke.

I have NEVER had blister problems in the hull.

She has a wheel, placed further forward than on most boats. It is even with the jib winches, so I can handle the wheel, jib and main all from the same spot.

Speaking of winches, I replaced the original Lewmar 25s with Andersen 40s in 2001. They are a dream to operate. I discovered that the 40s were only slightly more expensive than the 28s that I originally planned to buy.

I read that the rudder bushing was considered "a maintenance item" by Pearson and is expected to wear out after a few years. I finally replaced mine in 2004--after TWENTY-FIVE YEARS!

A few other owners reported that the P30 is tender. That's true. But double-reefed (or in very heavy wind, jib-only) she sails great. I spend almost every summer day doubled-up. Jib-only, she points just as high and sails just as fast --- but you fall off more after a tack.

I have kept her in the original condition, for the most part. I added a boom vang and I have replaced the sails. I also bought a 150% genoa from a Ranger 29, so that's about 145% for me. No spinnaker. It's been perfectly adequate. But if I did a lot of light air sailing, I think that a gennaker would be quite useful.

She can hold her own racing, too. In 1998, we were 3rd in our class (ten boats) and 20th out of 113 in the fleet, in the Double-Handed Farallones Race, which is a 60-mile course out the Golden Gate, around one of the Farallone Islands and back. Not bad for a 20-year-old boat and a couple of 50-plus-year-old guys!

The original medium-blue gelcoat faded and became splotchy after a number of years, but I could never justify the expense of painting a fiberglass boat - - until 2000, when I bit the bullet and painted her dark blue with gold trim. The gold trim has a silver pinstripe border and she looks like a million bucks! It was eminently worth it.

You can find a good P30 for $8-15,000, add a little (or even a lot) more for some improvements, and enjoy a great boat for as many years as you want.

e-mail me for some KNOCK-OUT photos:
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Review Date: Tue March 27, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I sail SIRON on lake Huron out of St Ignace ,MI. She has had a new loose footed main and a gennaker added since we got her. Added a windless and a propane stove conversion from the alchol cook stove. Put in a "Air Head" dry toilet. No more holding tank worries. Ridgid vang was one more addition. Shes quick to heal, but locks in and scoots on a reach. I use the gennaker and genoa, wing and wing for downwind, and just the genoa rolled up hanky size in strong winds: (25-35KT). She needs reefing in anything over 18kt, but up to that, she digs in and flys. Have to watch the tiller in backing, but she will back up straight. We have sailed the North Channel(Canada) for over two weeks at a time and learn to dance with the room on board. After awhile it seems normal. The house seems big when we leave the boat! Havn't raced her, but have kept up with my Brother in Law in his (saggy sails) C&C 36. Still have an A-4 that putts us along fine at 6KT. Hate the smell of desil. So wont change engines. I got caught comming out of Detour Channel into Lake Huron and wind into current cause some big waves(9 footers) with steep troughs. She took it in stride and we got a little wet with spray. Had a pounding heart though, till we could duck in. Swings on anchor, so I took an ol Jib ,cut it down and made a anchor sail. Love the boat. Keep thinking bigger, but why?
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 4
Review Date: Tue March 4, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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There is a reason why Pearson 30 owners are so passionate about their boat. Which is why you will rarely, if ever, see a negative review about the Pearson 30. And that is because it is SUCH a fine sailboat, such a wonderful pleasure to sail and a true joy to own. To me, it outperforms most modern production boats! Anyone who would actually DISLIKE this boat or how it sails should have their head examined.

It's fast, easy to handle, extremely manueverable, does well in all kinds of conditions, is strong, stable in a breeze and comfortable. A wonderful, wonderful boat that has gotten me through the worst conditions I've ever experienced in sailing. She is loyal to the end and does well with modern upgrades (rigging everything aft, adding traveler, roller furling, new hardware, wheel steering, etc. etc. etc.)

She will heel, because that's where she likes to sail, but she has a fantastic secondary stability with her low profile and fairly deep keel for a boat her size.

Anyone considering buying a used boat would do VERY well to pick up one of these gems. They can be picked up for next to nothing and will keep their owners happy for years. It is the kind of boat you'll always want to be around; spending the weekend on her either at the dock or on a mooring or out to sea, washing her, adding stuff to her and just looking at her!
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Registered: November 2011
Location: Newport RI
Posts: 36
Review Date: Wed November 23, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $8,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
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just bought a 1972 this season. It has a Yanmar diesel put in some yrs ago. We sail it on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, where this boat was manufactured. She is fast and forgiving, we love this boat. No problems to speak of, it is a nice mix of performance and comfort.
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