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Question Pearson 303 question

We have a contract on a 1983 Pearson 303, and are expecting our survey to be done at the beginning of next week. The current owner has obviously taken care of the boat during his tenure.

The only potential issue I could find after a lot of looking was some signs of corrosion at the bottom of the mast (slight white powder on one side right at the foot) -- it didn't seem bad to me - of course that's why I am paying a marine surveyor next week.

I understand that a lot of keel stepped boats will get corrosion at the step and the fix is usually to pull the mast, cut off the corrosion, and re-step with a new step built up to account for the part cut off. From reading it looks like this can run in the range of 1-2k.

Question is, given we would be paying $10.5k (reduced from 12k already), if this is the only defect is this still a good deal ?
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Re: Pearson 303 question

There is a big difference between surface corrosion and structural corrosion that affects the integrity of the rig. Clean off that area with a bronze wire brush followed by alcohol wipe and take a very close look at the pitted area. No need to cut the mast if pitting is rather superficial and shallow. You can assume that pitting on the outside of the mast is matched by the pitting on the inside of the mast. I would apply a coat of cosmoline to the bottom part of the mast, including the inside part when you get a chance to unstep the mast. Bottom part of the mast is subject primarily to compression loads so slight corrosion is not a big deal.
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Re: Pearson 303 question

I agree with krisscross. A bit of surface corrosion is no big deal. Make sure the surveyor looks at it carefully. Price sounds very good for a Pearson of that size and age. But the survey is key. A major issue or two can turn a bargain into a money pit.
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Re: Pearson 303 question

We had the same problem with our Pearson 31-2 1987 (new to us).

We dropped the mast to deal with ours because we had to re-do all the original rigging (!), replace a broken piece of the furling foil, re-route a couple of wires, replace broken and worn sheaves and the whole wind instrument. We cut a few inches off the bottom of the mast and will adjust the new rigging accordingly.

We also took the opportunity to pull the chainplates to inspect them and clean them. Luckily those beefy items were in excellent shape. We were hauling out for the summer in Florida anyway so the only other cost was $150 to step the mast. Sometimes it is just simpler to do everything at once.

This boat was otherwise in good shape and the price was right even considering the costs for the above, but out of sight is out of mind and the last thing anyone wants is a rig failure.

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Re: Pearson 303 question

We passed our survey, the surveyor took a good look at the mast and step.

Only real concern is that he suggested we re-bed all the stanchions - so that will keep me busy for a while!
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Re: Pearson 303 question

Good news! Enjoy the "new" boat. A suggestion to rebed the stanchions is pretty standard.
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