Re: 33ft pearson, 1974 soft spot at mast base
Pearson's made around that time in fact have compression posts. The mast is stepped on the cabin/coach top, with a compression post underneath running to a fiberglass encapsulated oak block which sits on the keel. It is usually this oak block that is the problem. over the course of 30 plus years it deteriorates. It's hard to get to. On the Pearsons I've looked at the compression post is built into one of the bulkheads. How much money? I read an article posted to a Pearson's 35 owner's group where on owner did it himself. Looked involved! But, the good news is it is a fixable problem. And, one that at this point, can be negotiated into the price.
A way to to an eyeball inspection to see if the boat has this problem is to check how the doors open and close. If the doors are out of plumb there must be a reason. Nxt look at the cabin roof to see if it's deformed.
Last edited by TJC45; 09-01-2013 at 10:09 AM.