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Pearson 300 - now that's a bit different

Just saw a Pearson 300 advertised locally - it is a curious looking boat, apparently only produced a couple years, and I wondering what the story is, and how seaworthy it is. I guess these were also known as the Wanderer 300. The only information I found on it is here: sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_ID=570

What seems so unique about the boat is the height of the cabin - where one would expect a hatch is a set of doors, and the cabin has large windows around it. A 3.5' deep keel and a ballast to displacement ratio of .38 has me imagining the boat filling with water and sinking from a roll-over.

That said, the prior owner of the local boat for sale has apparently sailed this boat from California to Mexico and back, and the bottom shape looks sea kindly.

So I've got a bunch of preconceptions just from the looks of the boat and I am wondering if anyone on sailnet has sailed or owned one, or knows the reputation or history of these boats.

Sailing aside, it looks like it might be comfortable for a liveaboard.

Thanks in advance for any info!
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It occurs to me that the Pearson 300 might e considered a motorsailor, maybe similar to the Cape Dory MS300? Not sure how close it compares

Anyone have experience with taking a motorsailor like that offshore - on extended cruising, etc.? To what extent can a prudent person take those across blue water?

Probably a silly question... but thanks
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That's definitely a pilothouse motorsailer. The mast on the Pearson 30 is significantly taller and the Pearson 30 displaces less... 39' vs 31' and 8320 vs. 10000.

It is going to be a bit tender, since the ballast is only 38% for the P300, vs. 42.8% for the Pearson 30.

BTW, I wouldn't consider the Pearson 30 a true bluewater cruiser, and the P300 is probably less seaworthy, due to the lower ballast ratio, relatively shallow draft, and the large pilothouse.
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I wouldn't call it a pilothouse- no inside helm.

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This is a pilothouse motorsailor built on the hull from the Pearson Wanderer, but without the Wanderer's centerboard or taller rig. These small motorsailors had a very brief periods of popularity in the late 1960's and then again in the mid to late 1970's. They tended to be pretty poor sailboats, lacking the kind of sail area to sail in a strong breeze, and the kind of stability and keel plan form to stand up to a blow.

This would not be a boat that I would chose if offshore voyaging under sail is your goal. I would think that a boat like this would not be a bad choice for an older couple with a tight budget and whose plans are basically an annual transit up and down the US intercoastal and over to the Bahamas.

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While there is no interior helm, the design is definitely that of a pilothouse motorsailer.
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This would not be a boat that I would chose if offshore voyaging under sail is your goal. I would think that a boat like this would not be a bad choice for an older couple with a tight budget and whose plans are basically an annual transit up and down the US intercoastal and over to the Bahamas.
Thanks - that makes sense. The seller has apparently sailed to Mexico, but I guess that's not necessarily a tough sail in the right season.

I think this one goes to the rule that just because someone has taken a boat somewhere doesn't mean it was a particularly good choice for the journey; or maybe a good enough a sailor in a dinghy is comfortable anywhere (but I'll want something very seaworthy for myself)
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