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navyitc 11-21-2013 07:32 AM

Pearson 422 as offshore cruiser/liveaboard?
Hello all,

New here and looking for advice on purchasing a 1985 Pearson 422 as a liveaboard weekend sailer for the next few years and eventually as an offshore vessels. Have been looking at several boats over the last year and this boat just speaks to me and has all that I want. I will move to Hawaii end of the year and take a look and get a survey done of her. What I am asking of all of you is does anybody have any knowledge of major issues to look at with regard to this boat? Ie known tank issues, known engine issues. Things that me as a novice might not know to look at.

xymotic 11-21-2013 11:01 AM

Re: Pearson 422 as offshore cruiser/liveaboard?
I had a 424 which I really liked until I saw a 422 :) They are very nice well made boats. Not fast, but a nice boat.

the fuel tanks were installed badly, they have a copper strap holding down the Aluminum and corroding through is pretty common. SO look real hard at that. it's a B*tch to cut that thing out and fix a stinky fuel leak.

The V drive is no longer available, and the cooling circuit can corrode out. I'd take the cover off and look hard at that. THat's not the end of the world thoug, a lot of guys have run without cooling at all.

The Westerbekes are VERY expensive to maintain.

THere is a really good discussion group,

navyitc 11-21-2013 11:49 AM

Re: Pearson 422 as offshore cruiser/liveaboard?
Thank you this is exactly the type of input I was hoping for.

sailpower 11-21-2013 01:23 PM

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I also had a P 424. I believe that the 422 is the same hull? Nice boats.

Here is the blog of a cruising couple on a 422. There are others.

S/V Veranda

paperbird 11-21-2013 02:33 PM

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We have a 422 and are planning to cruise her soon. As others have said, the 424 and 422 had the same hull with different deck/cabin layouts. Several of the folks I know who have 422's cruise them extensively. One couple has lived aboard for 7 years cruising the Ragged's each year and working the summers in the States.

A couple thoughts based on just 2 years experience, so I'm sure others can offer more.

- not the fastest in the fleet, but we've been out in 35-40 its on the Chesapeake and were very comfortable.
- we added a full enclosure which has been fantastic! Would have to take much of it down for any serious passages due to the increased windage. But others might leave theirs up - a matter of taste.
- the aft cabin is great at anchor. the main salon has 2 solid seaberths
- the on deck stowage is just about nonexistent. Just a small lazaretto and no cockpit lockers. Some have mounted boxes on deck. We're planning to use a waterproof rooftop luggage bag that can be thrown below for passages or strapped on deck the rest of the time
- engine access is very good. Shaft seal access is horrible. Depending on which you're trying to work on...
- Ours needed a lot of work as you would expect for a boat of that age. in particular, replace the chainplates - they all need it. If the fuel tanks haven't been replaced, check them carefully and plan on replacing soon. The bowsprit was also a little thin walled and a couple people reported that they flexed badly. Ours had crevice corrosion badly and we replaced it
- if you're anywhere near the mid-Atlantic, would love to connect and share more, and learn from you.

Which one are you looking at? I know there are a couple on the market.

sailpower 11-21-2013 02:59 PM

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navyitc 11-22-2013 12:11 AM

Re: Pearson 422 as offshore cruiser/liveaboard?
Currently looking at Kupani it is in hawaii. It is a 1985. Nicely setup and currently listed on Yacht World.

navyitc 11-22-2013 12:43 AM

Re: Pearson 422 as offshore cruiser/liveaboard?
Will be on the west side of the pond for minimum 3 three years maybe 6 depending on whether I decide to retire at 20 years or take it out to 24. But I would not rule out not making it eventually to the east coast so will definitely keep both you informed and when I purchase her will post pics and keep you informed on our journeys...:)

paperbird 11-22-2013 09:52 AM

Re: Pearson 422 as offshore cruiser/liveaboard?
We looked online at Kupani the last time she was on the market 2-3 years ago (at least I think it's the same 422) Was impressed. Couldn't work out any reasonable logistics to get her back to the east coast. My wife was all in favor of sailing her directly back - by heading west...

Good luck with the purchase and the retirement decision. Thanks for your service!

navyitc 11-22-2013 11:04 AM

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That is good to hear. Thank you for the info. It is my pleasure to serve and help keep everyone safe.

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