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2000 Catalina 250 Keel vs. 1989 Pearson 27'
Hi, My husband and I are looking to buy our first sailboat. We'd be sailing on the Chesapeake near the South River/Annapolis. We're looking at used boats for our family of 4.
We've found two recently that we like - a year 2000 Catalina 250 keel (25') and a 1989 Pearson Sloop 27'. However, as you would expect - I like one and my husband likes the other.
Can any one offer their thoughts on a 1989 Pearson vs. a 2000 Catalina? Does the extra 2 feet (25' vs. 27') really make much of a difference? We know Pearsons are well built boats, but in terms of quality are we better off getting a newer model boat (the Catalina), or a boat with a solid reputation for its construction?