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Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

Hello All! I'm looking to purchase a 1974 Pearson 30'. This will be my first sailboat. I've check the boat out the best I can, the only issue is that the original atomic 4 has been removed from the boat, the previous owner had an outboard fitted to the boat, but it is not included. I plan on replacing it with an outboard for the time being. I've read some about the outboards coming out of the water on these. I'm hoping it won't be too much problem since it is on a lake.

The guy who owns the boat now bought the boat from a guy who had to leave town -- so all I know about the boat is that the previous owner was a liveaboard (and a smoker).

I've attached pictures of the boat, I'm looking to get some feedback. The boat needs some cosmetic work (nothing major) and a motor. Are there any particular problems I should be looking out for on this boat? As far as I know it has been a freshwater boat for the last 5+ years.
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You should be able to get a long shaft outboard. It's a lot easier to take care of an outboard than an inboard. You need to check for hull blistering, expensive job. Also look for water intrusion into the deck core, also a difficult job. Is this the original rigging? It would be time fro replacement if it is. If it has the original gate valves for the thru hulls that's something you'd want to replace. Not too big a job. Check the hull to deck joint for collision damage/leakage. Also check for a sloppy rudder you may need to replace the bearings. Not too big a job. It's a well built boat . Should serve you well
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