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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Annapolis MD
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Re: Pearson 422 as offshore cruiser/liveaboard?
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.