Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Boston, MA
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Pearson 36-2 vs C&C 36 and 37 for liveaboard
I'm in the process of buying a boat to live aboard in Boston harbor. It will be both my first boat and my first liveaboard experience. Currently I'm looking at 4 boats:
- '86 Pearson 36-2: very good condition, sails 3-4 years old, 12V refrigeration, electric primaries, dodger
- '86 Pearson 36-2: good condition, older sails, no refrigerator, no dodger
- '85 C&C 37: good condition, some repairable hull damage above waterline, engine-driven refrigeration that needs new compressor, 9+ years old sails
- '81 C&C 36: good condition, old sails (I think), dodger. I know very little about this one as it isn't technically on the market yet
So I've only seen the first boat on the list in person, the rest are from their yachtworld listing or what my broker has told me. I'm trying to get a feel for the values (not necessarily their dollar value, but more of how much "goodness" per dollar) of these boats, what their prices relative to each other should be, and also a general feeling as to how suitable they are for living aboard in Boston. I'm going to install espar central heat on whichever boat I purchase (not necessarily one of these).
- if you imagine them all in excellent condition, what would their relative values be, and if you can provide dollar estimates that would be great.
- given their described condition, can you estimate their relative values, and if you really want to go out on a limb, their dollar value?
- which boat, if they were all in excellent condition, would make the best liveaboard, and why?
I hope this isn't too nebulous a question. Thanks for your help.