Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'
This boat looks to be coming undone. We bought a '74 P30 this past July for $6K with a pristine A-4 and none of the structural issues described in your pictures. Some "softening" at the stanchions is a fairly common issue, especially on older boats, and can generally be repaired satisfactorily. This vessel, though, appears to have some serious issues with delaminating from the core, the compression post is a goner and I'll bet there's more. If you absolutely have to have her, pay the money for the haul out and survey but, in my opinion, it would be a ~$1000 spent for the entertainment of finding out what else is wrong. You can find a lot more boat for a little more money!