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Mirari, My intention has not been to put down the people at Portland Riverside Marina. I don't blame them for the accident -- obviously they didn't intend for this to happen. They are, as you say, generally a good boatyard to deal with, very reasonably priced and friendly, which is why we were repeat customers even though there is a boatyard much closer to our home. The boatyard manager is a very kindhearted person (and a good manager) and the staff are all excellent at what they do.

That said, the owners have offered us no form of compensation, which is disappointing. In fact, they haven't communicated with us at all. I don't know if they are legally required to do so (thank you hellosailor for the links), but it feels like it would be the right (and professional) thing to do. I'm not saying we expect a pile of cash, just something.. a token.. anything really. Yes, we did not as yet receive a bill for unloading the boat from the trailer or for the short time the boat was stored, but the boatyard has not explicitly offered to waive the fee, so there is the possibility that they will attempt to bill us. Our boat was placed in the "campground" section (along with several other boats) because we were told at the time that the yard was full, but that they would make room for us (which we appreciated). There were already several boats in this section, and they regularly store boats in this area (our first boat, which we bought from the marina, was stored here).

I looked at the big tree, and thought to myself "that looks dangerous" but I don't know if there were any outward signs of decay. It was an old tree, and I figured if it lasted this long, it must be OK (wrong), and of course I didn't really have a choice anyway. However, during the weeks after our boat was placed in the campground section, several other boats were placed in the main boatyard. Perhaps because they were bigger? I don't know.

We were loyal customers, and we had referred a couple other people to them as well. The boatyard is full and they are clearly having a good year. I would certainly fight back (legally) if they tried to charge us for the cost to remove their tree off of our boat. I'm sure the owners of the two other boats that were damaged would agree.

Yes, our insurance allowed us to recover the money we spent, but now we have no boat. The boat was a uniquely good deal - sold to us for under it's value because the previous owner needed to get rid of it before the season ended, and because he and his wife are very nice people who wanted the boat to go to a good home. It was in very good condition, the previous owner loved this boat and had taken very good care of it (when I told him about the accident he was heartbroken). Our four nephews (who are avid sailors) were very excited about the boat and one of them was so excited he drew a picture for us to hang in the boat. Needless to say they were very disappointed as well.

Yes, I know it's just a physical object, and yes, I'm very glad no one got hurt. But our financial (can't spend more than we spent on our crushed boat) and physical situation (must be shoal draft) will make it difficult to find a comparable boat (30', in good condition), and life is short.
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laHolland,

I refuse to believe that you won't find an acceptable replacement that fits your budget. The economy is in the crapper, and not really getting any better and it's winter time, best time for shopping. If anything, your choices will continue to expand for a while.

The loss of your beautiful boat is a tragedy, but you'll find a good replacement.

In 2010, a friend of mine bought a Tartan 30 in fine shape for less than you paid for the Pearson. I paid $1800 for a solid Coronado 25 with a new outboard.

Keep looking, and hang in there.
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I thought the same thing, but after 20+ hours of trawling the net over the past month I haven't found anything around here that would work, without even considering price. Maybe it's just the season though. I get the feeling that around here, the fall (and maybe the spring?) is the best time for bargain boat shopping.
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Re: Pearson Wanderer - Deal or No Deal?

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I need some quick feedback to make sure I'm not making a crazy mistake. We put a deposit on a '67 Pearson Wanderer (30 foot, shoal draft w/centerboard). Original A4, runs well w/good compression, owner was diligent about maintenance, barrier coated, new aluminum spreaders, pretty good sails, awlgrip topsides, deck needs repainting, cabin is clean/dry and shows signs of good maintenance habits, like most boats this age probably has some moisture in deck but not soft and no obvious signs of deck leakage. Overall a boat that you can tell was built in the 60s but that isn't necessarily a bad thing: like if the Brady Bunch had a boat. We kind of dig it.

Would you pay $6600 for this boat? My concern is mostly with it's age and that it has such an old engine. We couldn't afford to replace it for at least a few more years.
Hey laholland...what did you end up doing about the Pearson? My boyfriend and I have a 1966...he sailed from Annapolis to Cape May in November, If you would like to save a bit on shipping let us know. I am sure that you have already decided on what to do but either way I am curious to know what happened?
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Re: Pearson Wanderer - Deal or No Deal?

Hey there, Faiththompson. My wife and I have a1966 Wanderer on the Potomac. Hull number 5. We've had it a year and she's one of the prettiest boats at the marina. Always turns heads. Sails great and goes almost anywhere.
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Re: Pearson Wanderer - Deal or No Deal?

Oh very nice...I just moved out of that area to Cape May New Jersey...We are working on getting Chasing Gwion ready to do small charters here for warmer weather.
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