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post #8 of Old 12-14-2002
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SW Florida Boat Choices/Advice

I wanted to chime in since a previous poster mentioned my boat, a Pearson 323. She only draws 4''5" but doesn''t seem to suffer much for it. I have a clean bottom and some reasonably new sails and she''ll do 5 kts in an 8 kt breeze. She wants a reef as the wind builds to 20. If 32'' is in your mix, it''s worth a look.

As to the 365, there''s a lot of them on the Pearson email list and I hear a lot of good things about them. The only recurring issue appears to be corrosion on the mast collar where it meets the keel. It''s easily fixed, but you do need to un-step the mast. I think there''s a centerboard version.

My personal opinions outside of Pearson? Like Tartans. Seem to be built well. Don''t much care for Bristols or Islanders. Bristols don''t sail as well as the Pearson and the Islanders almost always have blistering problems. Ranger has some good reports. Almost bought one.

Hope that helps.
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