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Cat 27 vs Pearson 27
Our boat search continues... We are looking at a 1986 Catalina 27 and a 1985 Pearson 27.
The Cat 27 has an older 15hp outboard, tiller steering, rollerfurler, 4 self-tailing wenches, new head, Bimini top, depth and speed instrumentation, stereo, and a few other upgrades. Mainsail is original, but in "good shape". Jib is newish. The owner is installing a new rudder. It has a shallow draft keel.
The Pearson has a 7.5hp Volvo diesel inboard, wheel steering, standard one-speed winches, new head, sails are in "good shape". The boat appears to have been well-maintained, but has few upgrades. It has a full keel with 5.2' draft.
I have done enough research to determine that the 1985 Pearson was a Doug Peterson design that was used interchangeably during that period between US Yachts and Pearson. Some say it is not a "true Pearson", but why not? Because it wasn't an Alberg design? Did it not have the same builders as the earlier Pearsons? The cabin fit and finish teak in the Pearson is superior to the Cat, but I don't know what the sailing characteristics are like, nor the potential weaknesses of this design.
Both boats seem to have been well maintained are about the same price. We are arranging a sail on each of them. What is your opinion on these boats?