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08-01-2008 10:59 PM
johnshasteen Pearson makes a damn good boat - the Pearsons built both Pearsons and Bristols - some of the boats are quite similar. I've taken Paloma deep into the blue and together, we've been through weather most sailors only read and speculate about. If you feel good about your boat and you are a good sailor - outfit her and go.
08-01-2008 08:30 PM
MoonSailer My biggest concern is water, Iguess I'll get a bladder tank as we only carry about 35 gallons. Honestly I am diacouraged. My wife said we'd go cruing 5 years ago. Now it is May 2009. I can't get excited as she might change her mind again. Also I am aware that I am getting older. I get tired more easily and have noticed that I am not as sharp. Even if she is ready to go I don't know about myself. Anyway the pearson is bought and paid for. I will get it ready for cruising and might go even if the wife changes her mind. I guess if the coastal goes well we might buy another boat for bluewater.
07-29-2008 12:53 AM
sailingdog There are a lot of boats that were never designed as bluewater cruisers that can be used as such. Most will need some modification to make them seaworthy enough for such a prospect...but some are better choices for modification than others.
07-28-2008 03:06 PM
hellosailor "no pearson was ready for blue water as it left the factory."
That's certainly true. There's never been a Pearson made that had floorboards locked and secured over the bilge--as it left the factory.

How much else one might need and how one defines "blue water" safety, have been hashed to death in older threads.
07-28-2008 02:05 PM
SailorMitch Bill Shaw, the designer of the 323 and just about every other pearson out there today, once told My sailing club that no pearson was ready for blue water as it left the factory. Every one of them would require modifications to one degree or another to bring it up to what he would call blue water ready.

Having said that, the 323 is a very solid coastal cruiser that people have taken all over. For example, the bulwarks going forward are really and add safety. the other links also have good info on prepping the boat. Good luck.
07-28-2008 01:34 PM
sailingdog The SC31 is also a decent small bluewater capable boat.
07-28-2008 01:08 PM
Valiente I concur with Cam. It's fine for coastal, but then so are Catalinas. Throw eight hours of cross-seas/wind versus Gulf Stream, 45 knots gusting 55, and I wouldn't give odds on keeping mast or rudder, unless you really know how to drive the boat in those conditions.

A more appropriate bluewater 32 footer?

Contessa 32 - Used Sailboat Market in Canada

And while not strictly bluewater in the opinion of some, these have logged a lot of safe sea hours in heavy weather:

Ontario 32 - Used Sailboat Market in Canada

It doesn't have to be a Wetsnail, is my point.
07-25-2008 10:45 PM
camaraderie I've go really mixed feelings on this one. I think it is a borderline boat for blue water cruising. Kind of a STURDY coastal cruiser. Certainly tankage and storage are issues and the boat would need a lot of upgrades for a crossing but would be fine in blue water within a predictable weather window and moderately heavy conditions. Maybe it is just my bias, but one I get down to this size range in an offshore boat I like a full keel, blue-water design rather than an upgraded coastal cruiser. own boat has a fin and a skeg so I am open to this design in a larger boat. Close call.
BTW...Bermuda to NC can be hairy or a duck pond. Has your friend been out in a full gale more than 24 hours from land? How does he report the boat does? What tactics are required?
For the EAST COAST and Bahamas a 323 should be absolutely just fine!
07-25-2008 09:52 PM
sailingdog rossir-

good site with lots of good info for anyone looking at buying a used boat.
07-25-2008 09:41 PM
here is a nice website for you

Libations Too - Home

It's a blog about a singlehander in a P323 - sailing off the coast of Ca. He has some excellent post about preparing her for blue water.
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