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Pearson 34 - Talk me out of it

Recent events have conspired to put me in the boat market.

This was not something I wanted.

The top dawg is currently Pearson 34-1; there are several in my area that are worth looking at.

The anticipated use is 80% day sailing out of Portsmouth, NH - 10% over nighting (away or at our mooring) - 10% cruising (week long trips to Casco Bay and such). It will, of course, be a party barge most summer nights after work.

Pearson 34 and Sabre 34 represent our ideal layout for cockpit and cabin.

First Q: Does the P34-1 (1983-86) have a cored hull? I know the 34-2 does; I believe the 34-1 does not.

If anyone with info on these boats could share with me that would be great.

Things to look for during the inspection...

Reasons to pick a different boat...

I know that the stock 16hp engine is too small for the Piscataqua River (second fastest current in the US) I'm only looking at P34s with the 23hp Yanmar or better. I've also learned to watch the tides very carefully.

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Re: Pearson 34 - Talk me out of it

Isn't it wonderful how pressing the 'Post Reply' button helps you remember things you wanted to say?

What's the largest P34 owners forum? I should join and start bothering them.
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Re: Pearson 34 - Talk me out of it

I don't know about the cored hull, but I would have a hard time talking anyone out of a Pearson. Even with a cored hull, Pearson does a good job with laminates so I would not worry unless the hull looked like it took a hit. Would turn up in a survey too. To me they are a great balance of quality and affordability and sounds great for your intended use. Seems to be in the same PHRF range of the Saber. (well if you are thinking MK I 43) I think there is likely less hidden behind very nice furniture than a Saber. In a similar price point I would think the Pearson would likely be in better shape. I really like the Sabers, but have heard some nightmare stories of bulkhead replacement and what not. Not that they go bad anymore than others, just that they are so well put together they are hard to get apart to fix. The Pearson 34 looks really nice, layout looks usable and the numbers look like it would be a nice sailor.
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Last time we were shopping we did look at some Pearsons, I seem to remember that there was a fair bit of 'arborite/formica' fake wood laminate used on bulkheads and panels.. it was kind of off-putting.

Another interesting thing I recall is the binnacle being at the front of the cockpit.. Not sure if that's true of all models or not, (I know it's not in the 36-2). While it seems to block the companionway access somewhat, it does get the helmsman out of the stern and behind the protection of the dodger!

Sorry, I don't recall the exact years/model we looked at.
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I seem to remember that there was a fair bit of 'arborite/formica' fake wood laminate used on bulkheads and panels.. it was kind of off-putting...

...the binnacle being at the front of the cockpit..
The P33 was thrown out of the competition for the formica panels.

The P30 and one other (I forget) lost out due to the binnacle issue. My brother's Bristol is the same way. It is where it belongs on the P34.

The P34 has the most inviting cockpit of everything we've looked at, and where do we spend the most time?
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The P33 was thrown out of the competition for the formica panels.

The P30 and one other (I forget) lost out due to the binnacle issue. My brother's Bristol is the same way. It is where it belongs on the P34.

The P34 has the most inviting cockpit of everything we've looked at, and where do we spend the most time?
Well then it seems we are in accord!.. and so my attempts to dissuade you have failed dismally
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Re: Pearson 34 - Talk me out of it

Might get good Pearson info at:

Pearson - SailboatOwners.com

good luck, loved our P32-2, before we went to our Freedom 38.
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Re: Pearson 34 - Talk me out of it

I have a Pearson 33 #320 and love her. Definitely would have a hard time telling someone to not go with it if everything else is right.
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Last time we were shopping we did look at some Pearsons, I seem to remember that there was a fair bit of 'arborite/formica' fake wood laminate used on bulkheads and panels.. it was kind of off-putting.

Another interesting thing I recall is the binnacle being at the front of the cockpit.. Not sure if that's true of all models or not, (I know it's not in the 36-2). While it seems to block the companionway access somewhat, it does get the helmsman out of the stern and behind the protection of the dodger!

Sorry, I don't recall the exact years/model we looked at.
Yea, they seemed to switch away in the very late 70's or early 80's and went with more teak veneer. Not that they are up to the standards of say a Saber, they became much nicer. I looked at a 10M that was very rough, an it had a bunch of different colors of mica. The head had white with yellow doors and the bulkheads were wood tone. And about as convincing a wood grain as a 1970's station wagon. But otherwise I liked the boat as it had a new motor and had a real reputation of good performance. The newer ones look really nice.
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Re: Pearson 34 - Talk me out of it

Pearson 34 of that vintage did not have a cored hull. The Saber is a nicer boat, but the P34 is very well built.

Watch for moisture in the hull near the lifeline gates. Also check that the bladder holding tank has been replaced, or updated.

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