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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat

I'm not sure that newer is the key to less beat up, just having good prior owners is. I've owned two boats that were about the same age (1984 Catalina 25 and 1986 Pearson 28-2). The Pearson was better loved in the last decade and the gelcoat is in way better condition. The Catalina is structurally really good (and has no leaks, I just checked the bilge with the new owner after a month of heavy rain here), but the gelcoat is more oxidized and picks up mildew a lot more easily.

It sounds like your 28-2 has required a lot more work than mine does. I've needed to rebed a couple of deck fittings, but overall it is in good shape and better shape than some newer boats that I've seen.

I wondered if you'd considered the bigger brothers to your current boat like a Pearson 36-2?

My 28-2 has a clogged mast drain (so clogged that fixing it will require taking the mast down), so I know how much water comes down the mast. I currently have it getting wicked down into a pot that I keep on the table next to the support post. In a week of heavy rain about half a cup gets into there. This doesn't seem like a huge amount to have come in and get pumped out of the bilge, but it does mean you wouldn't have a completely dry bilge.

The only larger boat that I've sailed is a Catalina 36. I was impressed with the space and layout, but can't really compare how it would sail compared to other large boats. It felt a lot bigger and heavier than the 28-2, but it's been a while.
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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat

The Pearson 36-2 probably would be a good fit .. decent cockpit and practical layout. Friends with one have had to redo all the ports - they had some real leakers. But it's a big, brawny boat with a fair bit of space and a decent aft cabin.

One of our 'must haves' last time around was two decent doubles without having to make/break a convertible dinette. This left a lot of boats off the list, but fortunately nowadays a decent aft double is pretty common.. the V berths are hit and miss.. some pushed so far forward there's not really room for two sets of feet (esp the late 80s 30-32 foot Beneteaus, for example)

The most common nowadays is the athwartship aft berth (Bene, Hunter and Catalina). For coastal cruising and few overnight passages I think that's fine. Ours is not and with some mid-berth leecloths could probably be a decent seaberth if necessary.
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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat

I have no doubt that those 36-2 ports were set the same way as the 28-2 and they can be real leakers indeed. Last season I replaced two of them on the stbd side, and the rotted wood panel that surrounded them. That same leakage also caused some rot down in some more woodwork and in the sole as well. They're on my list!

I share your two decent doubles criterion. The newer production models do make this more likely since most seem to carry their width well aft.
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I share your two decent doubles criterion. The newer production models do make this more likely since most seem to carry their width well aft.
Yes.. true.. Oddly, our boat is a mid 80s "IOR skinny butt" special and we actually have a very good aft double.. a rare find.
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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat

Possibly even rarer, our little (relatively) P28-2 has an aft double with room to stand with the door closed. You have to watch your footing though, as the standing area partly slopes up following the shape of hull.
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My suggestion is to purchase the boat you can afford and then just go sailing.
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Possibly even rarer, our little (relatively) P28-2 has an aft double with room to stand with the door closed. You have to watch your footing though, as the standing area partly slopes up following the shape of hull.
This is the kind of aft cabin I dream about:

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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat

That vessel whose pic you chose is kinda like the Bentley of boats. Faster than a America's cup boat, more luxurious than a hinkley. Plus, the tech editor for that yacht is the worlds best looking and smartest sailor.

You have earned very high reps in my book. Please make sure to mention this yacht to my fellow moderators at every opportunity. No matter their comments on public, secretly they all are jealous.

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That vessel whose pic you chose is kinda like the Bentley of boats. Faster than a America's cup boat, more luxurious than a hinkley. Plus, the tech editor for that yacht is the worlds best looking and smartest sailor.

You have earned very high reps in my book. Please make sure to mention this yacht to my fellow moderators at every opportunity. No matter their comments on public, secretly they all are jealous.

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Ok wait a second... I think there's something fishy going on here!

(just checked your profile. so ok seriously, that seems like pretty close to an ideal boat for me)
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You have earned very high reps in my book. Please make sure to mention this yacht to my fellow moderators at every opportunity. No matter their comments on public, secretly they all are jealous.

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Don't mind Brian. He's still on some heavy meds from his close encounter with a cleat.
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