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I suspect your backing problems have less to do with RPMs of your motor and are instead related to your boat itself. I have no personal experience with your hull, but in pics it looks like a full keel with cut away forefoot. The rudder is perhaps on the small side and hung on the back of the keel with an apature for the prop. This is the best set up to avoid damage with groundings and snags on the prop, a good idea in a low draft boat designed for thin water. The same configuration makes control in reverse a challenge. The hunter most likely had a fin keel, balanced skeg rudder and exposed prop, pretty much the best case set up for a sailboat under power, but the most fragile.

The early pearsons have good reputations so I would think you can find knowledgable owners who can help you out. Check out internet user groups. The full keel owners I have talked to do OK with docking, but use spring lines, carefull planning and take it slow.
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