Ahoy there, Annsman-
My wife and I own Pelican, 462 #077, and have sailed her from Puerto Vallerta MX to Puget Sound, where we are living.
Great boat, she's a sloop rig, shallow Draft (5'3").
Original Perkins 4.154 and Hurth gear.
We love her.
Drop me a phone number if you want me to give you a call (free phone), and a time to call, or pull together a list of questions and feel free to e-mail me off list aptemplet at hotmail dot com.
Deck layout, non skid excellent, none ever had teak (leak) decks
solid layup, no blisters
Bomar Deck hatches
Great engine room access.
Fiberglassed in gelcoat lined tanks have great volume, don't leak (as opposed to Kelly Peterson/Formosa's44 & 46)
Wiring tends to be better than Taiwan-built
External chainplates, easy to keep and eye on and eay to replace.
lotsa holes in the deck from coaming and handrails, can be source of leaks.
difficult to retrofit holding tanks (my current project)
Lotsa turns in Hynautic steering (7+ lock/lock)
Backing down is entertaining for all save the helmsman!!!
Offset prop shaft (points out to port stern, just enough to be able to to pull the shaft without dropping the rudder off.
What's the name of the boat that you are looking at?
Gotta Run , if you wnat I have most of the boat's manuals scanned as PDF's and e-mail you whatever you want (Big-2-15Megs...)