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Doing it- Pearson 30 upgrade

When I first took up sailing a little under two years ago, I bought a Coronado 25 because it was inexpensive, rock-solid, simple and I felt that a boat of only 25' wouldn't overwhelm me while I was learning.

I also had NO idea that the racing bug would bite me so hard.

I still don't want to be overwhelmed by too much boat, need to be able to singlehand, and need to be able to afford maintenance and upkeep, which grows exponentially with boat length.

To these ends, I have selected the Pearson 30. On the "racy" side of "racer/cruiser", affordable, decent handicap rating, and there are several in my area so I stand a chance of being able to do one-design racing. The cabin isn't a roomy and plush as some other designs, but it's far, far better than my Coronado 25. I'll definitely be able to cruise the Chesapeake with this boat.

Pending successful engine and transmission demonstration on Sunday, I'll make the payment and be an owner!
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Great boat. I've been looking at them, too. Which one did you buy?
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Congrats Bubble. Great boat. Our first cruising boat was a Pearson 28. Little sister to the 30. We raced her and was very successful. We now crew on an Ericson 34 and race against her not so successfully!
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Pearson 30's are fantastic boats. I cruised one from Maine to the Bahamas. I hope all goes well on Sunday.
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Great boat. I've been looking at them, too. Which one did you buy?
It's near Annapolis.
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Nice to hear Bubblehead. Good luck!

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Congrats man, I'll be looking for you on the start line next season! Hope the testing goes well and is uneventful.
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Congrats man, I'll be looking for you on the start line next season! Hope the testing goes well and is uneventful.
You'll still be beating me for awhile, you've got raw talent on your side.

Dude, I just couldn't take the physical pounding of my little boat for over 50 slow, upwind miles only to be denied the gratification of at least finishing the race.

Oh, I gotta story to tell you about how the race really ended for me, the next time we see each other. You'll understand why I was twice as angry as I otherwise would should have been.
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