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First Boat- Pearson 27 or Tartan 28???
Just found your post on the P-27, and I have to offer a different opinion about the ideal angle of heel for the boat. I doubt that any monohull could sail at 10 degrees of heel in a decent sailing breeze. I gave the owners manual to the fellow who bought my P-27 so I can''t look at what it may have said, but I talked directly to Bill Shaw and Bill Richards (who actually designed the P27) about the proper angle of heel when I first had the boat (my wife didn''t like heeling at all, and she thought I was a bad sailor.) According to them, the P-27 was designed to sail at about 15-20 degrees, which is typical of most Pearsons from the mid-80''s on.
At about 15 knots of true wind I started thinking about reefing -- and I had a 155 genoa in place of the factory 130. At 20 knots I definitely reefed. Yes, the boat would round up at higher wind speeds, a sure sign that she was overpowered. To counteract that, lower the main or let out the jib a bit, and you''d regain control right away.
As for quality of constuction, the Tartan is better built, but the Pearson is close behind. I''m still not aware of any structural problems with the P-27, and most of those boats are at least 15 years old now.