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Old 11-28-2012
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Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

We have a P26 from 1975. Many of the issues mentioned above were issues that needed to be addressed, the blistering was all over the bottom, leaking at all the stanchions and cleats, and the electrical was a mess. We haven't touched he blisters yet as they seem cosmetic and very shallow. We had to rebed all of the deck hardware our first year to get the cabin dry. The electrical was the biggest challenge. The original wiring and switches had corroded and were not identified. We used Casey's guide and rewired the entire boat except for the mast which we had the yard do. It ended up being quite expensive but the fire hazard I felt it posed deemed it worthwhile. We paid less than $3500 for the P26 but more than made up with it in all of the tin-coated copper wire and marine circuit breakers. If it's ok with the Seller, I'd ask to unscrew and pull out the main panel and take a peak behind it. If everything is labeled and looks in good condition you should be ok. If it's a jumbled mess and the insulation is cracking off, you may want to take it into consideration.
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