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post #12 of Old 10-29-2009
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Pearson 39-2 - balso coring and other

I am original owner of a 1989 Pearson 39-2 - hull 41. The later versions like mine have a single head with shower, yanmar 35hp under the sink, large nav desk and finer woodwork than the earlier -2's. It does have balsa below the waterline and has shown no problems to date. Nor any blistering (they were delivered with "Blisterguard" when new). The glass work was done by folks who knew what they were doing back then. It is a comfortable boat, easy to sail, motors very well, has plenty of room, is fast, and built well with heavy scantlings. It is versatile enough to single hand, competitively race on wednesday nights, and cruise away for a month or more. All in all it has been a good choice for our family of 6 over the years. She looks nearly as good now as when she was first commissioned. Every time I go to a boat show and look at new 38'-40' boats I come back appreciating what I have even more.
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