Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Houston, TX
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Can't comment on the Pearson, but I did own a 250 for a while. It has some good features--it probably has the biggest cabin of any 25 footer, and it also has a huge cockpit with stern rail seats. It benefits from an excellent owner's associate with a great web forum. There aren't many of them with diesel engines; most have outboards. The diesel would be great though--it'll be super under power, and add weight that the boat could use. The 250 doesn't have the best steering system in the world. It tends to have a lot of weather helm, and there's not enough leverage built into the stock wheel system, which makes it hard to fight. While the cabin is huge (for a boat of its size), I had trouble fitting into and using the head, but I'm 6'5", so there ya go.
If I were you, I would look into a Catalina 27, 28 or 30.
Catalina 350 "Golden Handcuffs" sailing out of Galveston Bay, TX