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My First Cruiser: Pearson Triton

Hi and thanks for the welcome, presumably.

I just bought a 1960 Pearson Triton 28' from Miami. Maybe some of you saw the recent auction. Maybe some of you bid! I don't know. But here's my story.

I haven't sailed in many years, since I was about 16 which was on a Chrysler Mutineer 18' with a pivoting centerboard.

I just did some work, and when I got paid I decided to put some of the money into a possible livaboard cruiser, of the most humble variety. I did some research and found the Pearson Triton for sale and won the ebay auction. I have not been to where the boat is in person, or inspected or surveyed it at all other than talking to the guy and looking at the pictures and all.

So the first thing I am concerned about is that the mast is laying on the deck of the boat. It has to be stepped. The other thing is that the forstay has snapped at some place. So I really want to get down there soon and get it into fair standing rigging condition. I have to motor/sail the boat back to St Pete, FL which is on the west cost of FL.

The engine is a Phasor 28hp 3cyl diesel with alternator/generator. It is claimed to work and move the boat. I think the reading said it has about 800 hrs on it.

Boat comes with all sails and extra sails.

The bilge pump is working and hooked up to solar power/battery. There's a 10 amp charge controller installed and apparently working.

I'm really mostly concerned about the mast step because it doesn't seem to me to have a place to put a pin in.

Well. That's all for me. I'm stuck in Louisville, KY for another week and then I'm coming HOME to FL to work on the triton, and find out the hull number...
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Re: My First Cruiser: Pearson Triton

The Triton does not have a tabernacled mast. The spar simply sits in the step and is held there by rigging tension.

Buying a boat like this, sight unseen, is a big gamble, IMHO. Good luck. Hope it doesn't turn into more of a money pit than you bargained for.
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The boat has been re powered, that is good. The Phasor is a marinized Kubota diesel which is a very reliable base block...
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Re: My First Cruiser: Pearson Triton

thanks for the reply. ah as i might have suspected. i suppose this is to keep the mast from damaging the boat in the event of a demasting? hm.
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glad to hear it!
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Re: My First Cruiser: Pearson Triton

Welcome Mojo.

Congrats on your new boat!
I like older boats like the Triton myself.
Older boats can start showing their age though, like that fore stay.
Chances are pretty good that the rest of the wire in your rigging is as old as the fore stay was and it might be wise to just replace all the wire rigging now.
The rig could be 50 years old.

Take some pictures of your boat when you can.
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Re: My First Cruiser: Pearson Triton

That's gutsy. Congrats! Definitely post an update. Inquiring minds want to hear about your first impressions and see the photos.
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Re: My First Cruiser: Pearson Triton

Had a Triton on paralell tack last week. What a pretty classic!!!
Ya done good! Now,get 'er home and go sailing. All the rest will work out.
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Ya done good! Now,get 'er home and go sailing. All the rest will work out.
That right there is the best summation of new good old boat ownership I have ever read.
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Re: My First Cruiser: Pearson Triton

i look forward to updating my adventure to this thread. you guys are cool, i appreciate that. currently the boat is in mooring in miami. i'll go down and spend a few days with it before setting my waypoints for our journey home.

things to do: (please advise)

1. buy a hard bottom inflatable tender either with oars or an outboard

2. buy a swaging tool and locate a local source for 1x19 ss wire and fittings. step the mast using a diy method with help of my super strong brother, repair and tune the rig. hoist the sails and see how they look.

3. register with dmv after I get the title (have to wait till monday next week i think)

4. check the engine

5. get a vhf and garmin gps. i guess i should get these before stepping the mast. not sure what all i should do while i have the mast down. i suppose check the wires with a multi meter and things like that, test the white, red, green lights and maybe change them to LED!

6. get my snorkel gear on and look underneath, bring some scrubbing tools or hedge trimmers, depending on the shape off the bottom. I hope it doesn't look like a great wooly mammoth down there.

7. check if the water tanks are fouled, and clean them out, fill them up (25 gallons), get a few gallons of spring drinkin water and some food, check out the ice box situation, or lack of.

8. test the bilge pump(s)

9. make a comfy man cave out of the v birth for the coming week of transport

10. check integrity of anchors and rode, length of line, depth indicators, etc

11. test battery power and charge controller function under generator power as well as solar.

12. clean any gross stuff with orange cleaner and make the boat smell fresh

13. check all required by law specs like flotation device, whistle, air horn, registration,

14. 12v flood light / spot light would be good to have

15. go!

that's a list for me to generally start with. I'll have a week or however long it takes to get her ready when i get down to miami saturday. I'll use craigslist to try and find a vhf, dinghy, gps.

I'll take lots of pics with my canon 5D and super wide lense! I'm honestly super excited, like a kid again.
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