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Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m?

Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m? Hi. I just won an awesome Pearson 10m on auction at Ebay in great condition at an unbelievable price! It has sails, but no engine, and the mast has base/step corrosion. I may not be able to fix this right away to sail her and yet I can't afford an inboard at this time. I need to move it from its yard in CT mid July and plan on motoring her down the ICW to Tampa, Florida with my 2 teen kids, where we now live, and then refit. Could I do this, and how much power would I need? Any suggestions, thoughts etc. would be very appreciated!!
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Re: Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m?

I saw that boat on eBay. Congrats! The Pearson 10Ms are great boats.

No, no, no, please do not put an outboard on a Pearson 10M. Find an Atomic 4 or a used diesel inboard on eBay and install.
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Re: Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m?

Pretty bad idea, see if you can get a loan and have a inboard installed.

FWIW, a former member ran a P36 with an outboard, see SV Distant Star in Repowering with an outboard?. Her subsequent sad demise ended up as one of SN's longest threads.
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Re: Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m?

fix or find a diesel. you could use an outboard for a temporary way to move it but it will not be easy. ten HP will move the boat but it had about 30 HP with the inboard. not the kind of boat that you use an outboard on.
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fix or find a diesel. you could use an outboard for a temporary way to move it but it will not be easy. ten HP will move the boat but it had about 30 HP with the inboard. not the kind of boat that you use an outboard on.
Thanks everyone, for the replies. The outboard would DEF only be a temporary fix just to get her to Fl, if I did that. I will look for a used inboard, but w/ installation I'm sure that would be several grand at least.
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Re: Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m?



It was a minor ordeal going 20 miles through Long Island Sound I cant even image going 1500 miles on a sailboat with a mast problem
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Re: Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m?

Have you looked into an estimate for having the boat trucked to your destination?
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It was a minor ordeal going 20 miles through Long Island Sound I cant even image going 1500 miles on a sailboat with a mast problem
True. that looks like a great solution, though.
What hp is that motor? and the boat size?
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Have you looked into an estimate for having the boat trucked to your destination?
Thanks, not yet. Someone just referred me to USHIP. checking that out.
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Re: Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m?

I think the amount of work and cost involved with an inboard will depend on what's currently in the boat. Are the thru hulls there? Prop shaft? Tank? Was it an A4 or a diesel? Are you willing to do some work yourself?

I've seen an Atomic 4 or 2 for pretty cheap, but if you are going through the expense of having that installed, might as well get a used diesel while you are at it. The more you do yourself, the more you'll save, paying $60/hr+ for someone to run a few tubes and install a tank isn't worth it if you can manage it yourself (OTOH it is for things like alignment).

Feasibly you could probably use an outboard and get away with it, James Baldwin outfitted an Alberg 35 with an outboard well:

Atom Voyages - Saga - Alberg 35 Refit Projects

Comfort and ease of use, especially without a well, is a different story though. I'd expect you would arrive at your destination, but not comfortably and not as efficiently as you'd like.

I think you'd do fine if you had the ability to sail and use the outboard, but if you can't sail the boat and are planning on using the outboard the entire way, I'd try to figure out how to get an inboard in or fix the mast problem.
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