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Pearson 36 VS C&C 34 VS Sabre 34 VS Sabre 30

I am going to look at a Pearson 36 (1975) that a broker has listed I am interested as it seems to be in nice shape and seems to be set up for liveaboard now. There are a few other boats that I may look at when there (about a 2 hour drive so I want to minimize the trips). They have a listing for:

Same broker:
Pearson 36 (1975)
Sabre 34 (don't know the price or year of this yet but is a MKI)
Sabre 30 (1980) for a bit less than the Pearson 36
C&C 34 (1982) for about the same as the Pearson

Other boats I am considering:

Offshore 33 for sale by owner, not sure why I like it but it looks comfortable to sail and live on. Slower but the Cat Ketch rig has me intrigued. I keep coming back to this one for some reason. Will only get if it is a good price, but he is kind of high right now, but want out of the boat.

Irwin 37 CC. I know completely different but has lots of living space. I understand that this will be slower, but the two separate staterooms could make it worthwhile.


I think the Sabre 34 will likely be out of my price range but I don't know the price yet, they look like beautiful boats. The Sabre 30 I think will be a bit small for my needs, but am open to looking at it and again beautiful boats. The C&C 34 looks to be a nice boat and just a bit more than the Pearson, but I don't know how motivated the seller is. The C&C looks to be the most sporty of the of the lot.

So my question is how would these boats stack up? I am going to be living aboard, on the Hudson River for now, but want to head out and do some cruising in about 6 years. I am not a racer, but would not be offended by a decent turn of speed and am not upset by a more tender boat. So what are your ideas? What issues would stick out? I know the C&C is cored hull, so I have to look into moisture intrusion. I will get a survey prior to any purchase.
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Re: Pearson 36 VS C&C 34 VS Sabre 34 VS Sabre 30

Is 6ft draft ok ? Pearson 36 appears to be 6ft draft with longest waterline of them all at@30ft. The offshore appears to be the shortest at 4ft draft. Boatus has reviews of Sabre 34 and Irwin 37 by surveyor Jack Hornor BoatUS - Boat Reviews - Sabre 34 http://www.boatus.com/boatreviews/sail/Irwin34.asp My guess is you will love the woodwork in the Sabre. What a great decision to make.
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Re: Pearson 36 VS C&C 34 VS Sabre 34 VS Sabre 30

Owned a Pearson 28, own a C&C 35. Drooled over a Sabre or 2. C&C is more fun to sail than the Pearson. A 30 footer has a lot less cabin than a 36!! Condition is the most important thing with a 35 year old boat. Layout is second if you plan to live aboard. Sailing performance is third.
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We currently have an Irwin Citation 34 and love her. My budget "dream boat" is an Irwin 37 CC So much room!

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Owned a Pearson 28, own a C&C 35. Drooled over a Sabre or 2. C&C is more fun to sail than the Pearson. A 30 footer has a lot less cabin than a 36!! Condition is the most important thing with a 35 year old boat. Layout is second if you plan to live aboard. Sailing performance is third.
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How quickly you became a traitor to the Pearson cause!

You have just forgotten how fun it is to sail a Pearson...
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Re: Pearson 36 VS C&C 34 VS Sabre 34 VS Sabre 30

Doesn't the C&C 34 have only a cored deck? The 80s is a next generation boat over the 70s for almost the same price, plus the C&C handles well, and sails faster!
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How quickly you became a traitor to the Pearson cause!

You have just forgotten how fun it is to sail a Pearson...
The Pearson is fun to sail - and fun to pass on my C&C! Both are solid boats.
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Doesn't the C&C 34 have only a cored deck? The 80s is a next generation boat over the 70s for almost the same price, plus the C&C handles well, and sails faster!
The C&C 34 is C&C's first production cored hull...core goes right down around the keel stub. Check your charts twice and watch your depthsounder.

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