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laHolland 11-15-2010 01:01 PM

Pearson Wanderer - Deal or No Deal?
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.

Harborless 11-15-2010 01:09 PM

Nope. Lower your asking price by a thousand dollars, at least.

laHolland 11-15-2010 01:11 PM

Well, the selling price is actually $5000, but the shipping brings it to around $6600, unfortunately.

laHolland 11-15-2010 01:14 PM

I haven't been able to find a shoal draft/centerboard boat around here.. which is why we ended up looking at this boat. But for $6600, we could probably find a younger boat with better gear around here, but without the shoal draft that we need for our location.

laHolland 11-15-2010 01:35 PM

Is everyone with Harborless on this one? Should I ditch it? It's the shipping costs that are killing the deal for me.

bljones 11-15-2010 01:42 PM

Where are you?
Frankly, If I'm paying $1600 to ship a boat, I would have it surveyed to make sure it's worth having shipped. $5K isn't too much for a decent usable 30' classic. It is definitely too much for a boat with old sails and a dead engine and soft decks.

deniseO30 11-15-2010 01:44 PM

where is "where"? Price could be lower but your not really buying with price in mind as you seem to be already emotionally attached!

laHolland 11-15-2010 01:46 PM

The boat is on the south shore of Long Island, we're in the middle of CT (up the CT river). We were originally going to sail the boat, and maybe we will still do that. It would be an unpleasant 3-4 day trip in November, however.

laHolland 11-15-2010 01:49 PM

Not so much emotionally attached as worried we won't be able to get our $500 deposit back. Also, there is that haunting feeling that everyone gets when making these sort of decisions - are you passing up a good deal, etc?

mike dryver 11-15-2010 01:50 PM

only you can decide if it is worth it Wanderers usually hold their value if taken care of and from your comments this one sounds like it was. if engine is as good as you say it is then as long as you are dilligent in maintaining it, the engine should last for quite some time yet, as faras the sails are cocerned we own a 1979 Gulftar with originals and they are still in quite good shape because they get serviced at least every 2 yrs. if you are doing this on a show string regroup! boats don't survive well on show strings.

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