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veprjack 08-05-2011 04:46 PM

New Live Aboard Member!
Hope I'm not jinxing things by jumping the gun, but I made an offer and it was accepted 4 hours ago! 1984 Pearson 303 with LOTS of upgrades and toys - in EXCELLENT condition. As a bonus, the elderly gentleman who is selling it for health reasons will be my mentor for as long as I want/need (within reason). He even offered to help me touch up the teak, etc.

Now I have to think of a name! "My IRA" comes to mind - long story, but it FITS!

Thanks for all your help and patience during this process. And, no hard feelings by Catalina owners - GREAT boat, just ended up having a personal preference for the Pearson!

Donna_F 08-05-2011 05:04 PM


It sounds like a great deal and the PO being willing to show you the ropes is a definite plus. He probably didn't want to let it go but now you're both in a win/win situation.

wingNwing 08-05-2011 05:20 PM

Congrats! When are you moving aboard?

Tim R. 08-05-2011 06:58 PM

Congrats. Welcome to the club:D

veprjack 08-05-2011 06:58 PM

Thanks guys. I KNOW how it sounds like a sales gimmick, but the guy HATED to sell it - and because it's for age/health issues, it really bothered him. I think he's delighted that I'll be keeping the boat in the same area and that we'll probably become friends; I'll invite him out often - and get free lessons to boot! He already bought a 16' just to play with in the harbor, but won't go out alone any more.

I called my insurance company and they'll get back to me with a list of approved surveyors next week. There's no hurry (except I'm DYING to move in), so I'll probably just keep in on the mooring (for free, and with FREE/Unlimited Water Taxi Service - another part of the deal) until October when my slip comes open for winter. Then I'll officially move aboard. The slip I'm hoping to get is in Salem, MA - so I may name the boat "Witch Way" with a witch flying a broom? 1/2 kidding - I'll probably spend the winter thinking of a name.

Anyway, now I can stop asking newbie quesitons about what to buy and concentrate on asking newbie questions about HOW DO I DO THIS??? lol... Can you tell how excited I am? I KNEW it was THE ONE for me as the taxi was pulling up next to it - before I ever set foot on it. I loaded some pics of it onto my profile if you care to see, but here's the listing - Used 1984 Pearson 303, Salem MA - 98422369 - Yes, it's a 13hp, but will move it along at almost 6knots so...

veprjack 08-05-2011 07:06 PM


Once again, thanks for your help and patience! I'd tell you that we may run into each other, but that would be STUPID - so I'll say, "I hope we're not just two ships passing in the night"? NO - that's STUPID too. Hmmm. How about, I'll meet you 1/2 way off Rye, NH? I'm guessing that's about 1/2 way.

Seriously, do you ever get down this way? I probably won't be venturing too far out of the harbor for a while, but one of my goals is to sail into that gorgeous harbor of yours next season - Is a bar by the name of "Three Dollar Deweys" still open? We can hoist one there - an old friend of mine helped name it - FUNNY story.

Take care,

Donna_F 08-05-2011 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by veprjack (Post 758963)
I'll probably spend the winter thinking of a name.

Don't forget to do a proper re-naming ceremony. I changed the name of my first boat and ended up with almost the same health issue that the PO had and was his reason for selling it.

Just sayin'.

GEO42 08-05-2011 07:09 PM

Good luck with the new boat. My wife and I lived on a Pearson 303 for 9 mo. Whent down the intra coastal water way from Wicford RI and back. Its a great boat.

CaptainForce 08-05-2011 07:22 PM

I fully understand the previous owner's desire to keep touch with the care of his former vessel. I've let two former liveaboard boats go to new owners and I have a need to see to their current state of care. They have cruised off beyond my awareness now, but I still have hopes that they are sound. Take cae and joy, Aythya crew

veprjack 08-05-2011 07:35 PM

You guys are the best, and part of the reason I'm so excited to be a "member". I will probably drive you crazy with newbie questions - especially during a snowstorm when I'm huddled under the blankets with the laptop - until the power goes out and it gets REALLY cold! hahaha

DR - wow - I WILL have a proper renaming ceremony. AND, because the boat will be within walking distance of "The House of the Seven Gables" and "The Salem Witch Museum", I'd better do some incantations and have a "good" witch sprinkle some potion on the bow! I'm only 1/2 kidding!

Aside from the TOURISTY atmosphere there, it's a REALLY nice place with a large part of downtown off limits to vehicles, etc. It's quaint, has a YMCA, laundromat, great restaurants - but perhaps the most important thing is - (drum roll) - there's a GREAT bar across the street! THAT will make those icy walks down the gangway all the more interesting! Hic! Hmmm - maybe I'll stick to tea or cocoa???

Thanks again,

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