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Thanks everyone. The WOW title wasn't so much for the boat, but my fiancee's reaction. I have been considering purchasing a boat for quite some time. The member fee for my sailing club membership is now $4,300 a year, which is why I have been considering buying. I am a very savy consumer and negotiator and know how to (or at least try very hard to) take emotion out of the equation. So after my initial reaction, I am going to slow down and take the suggested and right steps.

And Omaho,,,,I am a young and ready 49 year old.
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FWIW - been on a few Pearsons, own a 323 - haven't set foot into one I didn't like. They all seem to be wellidesigned, well-built, solid boats. If well maintained, they are a safe choice.
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I have not seen it in person, but, Brewer's has a 1991 Pearson 39 (or 40) that is listed for $12K. This particular boat was NEVER PUT IN THE WATER! It was purchased by a marine business in Portsmouth RI from Pearson when they went belly up in 1991. The story on the listing sheet said that they planned to complete it, but they never got around to it. There is no rudder, but the interior seemed complete (in the photographs). It has been stored indoors. It has a Volvo (?!?) engine (instead of the usual Yanmar) with 0 hours.
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Now you are on the right track slayer... There are lots of things to consider in terms of buying a boat. You don't want to buy into one boat that you see and consider on a whim, and then realize that there was a different boat that you really would have preferred for your needs. It sounds like you like to race, so you might want to consider a more performance oriented boat than a racer/cruiser, but then again you might also like to do more cruising with your fiancée (depending on her sailing background) than racing on your own boat. Take your time looking, ask your racing friends who are owners what they think, build a short list of desirable boats and then do some walk throughs of the best examples you can find in your area. You can do lots of model research on yachtworld.com and if you have questions about sailing properties, construction, comparison, etc you can ask on sail net and usually get more than one opinion.

I was not trying to scare you away from buying a boat, just wanted to slow you down a bit and consider the long term cost side also.
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Brewer's Yacht Sales?

I can't find the listing - maybe it sold.
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Just lazing around on a Sunday afternoon looking at sailboats for sail and daydreaming about buying one. I have been sailing club boats and other individual's boats for years, but never owned my own. A Pearson 1988 MKII Sloop caught my attention and I showed it to my fiancee.

She said LETS BUY IT!!!!!

I don't have the cash right now, but we both have steady jobs with real good income and credit. I can probably put 20% down. We are going to look at the boat next week. Damn,,,,what an interesting turn of events.

Would anyone be interested in looking at the info I have and tell me what they think? It was surveyed in 2009 and is USCG documented.
SWEET! Looks like you've done a killer job picking a fiancee!

Pearsons are great boats from everything I've read. Congrats dude.
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Sorry - my post above was from memory... and it ain't what it used to be...

I am looking at the listing sheet now. I picked the sheet up on Saturday. The vessel in question is a 1997 Pearson 39. It is kept in Bristol, RI, and the asking price is $14.9K (not $12K).

Here is the listing, and it is listed as Sale Pending
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Slayer,

From my vantage point, I would advise quick action. Don't worry about a current survey or looking any further, as someone might come in and under bid you before you can snap her up. I would advise a much more deliberate approach with respect to acquiring the boat, however.
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The keel looks a bit strange on that Pearson.
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The listing looks interesting, but rushing into could backfire. If you go ahead, you need to make the sale contingent on your satisfaction with your own survey, including a sea trial.

The new electronics are nice, but I would want to know why the mast antenna was replaced. The last time my mast antenna was replaced, it was the age of your boat and was working fine until the lightning strike last summer.
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