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post #15 of Old 11-11-2012
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Re: First Boat - Pearson 26 vs Seafarer 26

our first boat was a 1980 Seafarer 30, which had been impeccably maintained. We liked the fin keel/skeg-hung rudder so much we looked for the same in our current boat. don't know how the 30 compares to the 26, but our 30 was fun, fast, great in light airs and lived large for a 30' boat. We sailed her extensively in the Cheseapeake, and had a lot of good times. She did better to windward, didn't really like downwind sailing as much. Seafarers are very reasonably priced, and very good value... perfect for a Chessie boat. Ours drew 4'11", and we managed to get into a lot of gunkholes. Make sure to check portholes for leaks, and integrity of chainplates. Good luck.
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