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Pearson 323 or else?

I am at the crossroads here. I am going up from 23'' to the range of 28-32. It''s either something a little smaller for the next 2-3 years (Hunter 28.5 prior to 1987 is a good example - simple, well made <no core in deck>) and prices tend to float around 15-18K.

However, the longer term plan calls for extended cruising, possibly ocean passages - nothing extreme but not daysailing in the bay. I looked at Pearson 323 and it seems like a good fairly strong boat, but the best prices start at 25K and there is much outfitting to be done. Are they good strong cruisers? Would it be wise to buy one even though the real cruising is couple of years away?

Also, any other ideas of boats in the 30 ft'' range and under 20K price that won''t fall apart in a good breeze are welcome. (No Ericssons, Endeavors and Irwins though - too much interior wood for me to feel good
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I sailed a ''79 Pearson 323 summer before last on Lake Champlain. Compared to the IP 32 I learned on (ASA 101) it was a thoroughbred - fast, responsive and stable. As it was my first summer of sailing I had many "interesting" learning experiences but never had any doubts about the 323, I bought a Pearson 30 the next summer, since the 323 is now in Newfoundland. I''ve also been very happy with the 30 as a first boat. It''s like a slightly condensed 323 but I think I''d rather have a bit more room for extensive cruising.
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I owned a 1982 Pearson 323 for 5 or 6 years in the early 1990s. I sailed in the Gulf of Mexico. I have had it out in 30knot winds and 12'' seas with no worries. I consider them stronger than most boats ( Catalinas, Hunters, Irwins ect). An older boat like this will be under canvased and slow compared to a more modern design in light winds. It had plenty of room, even enough to live aboard. I would think it would be wise to own a boat for a couple of years before you went cruising just to learn its systems, weaknesses and strengths.
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My wife and I have been looking for a boat for too long. The Pearson 323 is the boat that we''ll probably buy. We looked at the Cape Dory 30 but it was too small. By the numbers the p323 looks like it would be a good boat for mostly coastal and running to the bahamas. if you know of one for sale on the gulf coast send me an e-mail.
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