The Pearson 10M is a terrific boat for both cruising and racing. For opinions, check out www.pearsoninfo.net (that is Dan Pfeiffer''s site and he currently owns a 10M. His site has tons of info on the boat.) Join the Pearson email list here on Sailent and ask there about the boat because there are several owners on that list.
A fellow at my marina owns one and just sailed to Maine this summer. It''ll handle some rough weather.
Also email some guy named Sam Boyle at Sailjazz. He owns a 10M.